The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is recalling 183,000 toilet locks and 685,000 cabinet locks made by Safety 1st and imported by Dorel Juvenile Group Inc., Columbus, Indiana.
Young children can unexpectedly disengage the toilet locks and gain access to water in the toilet, posing the risk of drowning.
The cabinet locks are being recalled because children as young as eight months have been able to unlock them.
DJG has received 110 reports of toilet locks that did not adequately secure the lid, including eight reports of children, under the age of two, who were able to disengage or break the lock.
In addition, DJG has received 278 reports of cabinet locks that did not adequately secure the cabinet, including 71 reports of children between the ages of eight months and five years old who were able to disengage the cabinet locks.
In one of the reported incidents, a 13-month-old boy swallowed small, toxic beads from a craft kit. The child was admitted to the hospital, observed overnight, and released the next day.
The recall involves Safety 1st Sure Fit toilet locks with model numbers 48003 and 48103. The toilet lock is attached to the tank behind the lid and is intended to prevent a child’s access to the toilet bowl.
The recalled Safety 1st cabinet slide locks are model numbers 12013 and 12014. The cabinet slide lock is attached to cabinet knobs or handles to prevent access to the contents of the cabinet. Model numbers can be found on the back of the locks.
The locks were sold at Bed, Bath and Beyond, Burlington Coat Factory, Great Beginnings, Home Depot, Target, and Walmart from January 2005 through April 2010 for between $8 and $20 for the toilet locks, and from January 2000 through March 2009 for between $2 and $11 for the cabinet locks. Amazon.com sold both locks through April 2012.
If you have the locks, remove them and store dangerous items out of reach of children and prevent unsupervised access to bathrooms. You can get replacement locks by calling DJG toll-free at (877) 416-8105 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or by visiting the firm’s website at www.djgusa.com.
In March 2012, 900,000 Safety 1st Push ‘N Snap cabinet locks were recalled [http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12136.html] due to lock failure.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission wants to hear from consumers [SaferProducts.gov] whose children were able to defeat the locks, or were injured because these locks or other child safety products failed.