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Recall of the Week: Push ‘N Snap cabinet locks due to lock failure that can allow children to be exposed to dangerous items

By Rita R. Robison

Dorel Juvenile Group Inc. is recalling about 900,000 Push ‘N Snap cabinet locks.

Cabinet LockYoung children can open the cabinet locks, allowing access to cabinet contents and posing the risk of injury, due to dangerous or unsafe items.

DJG has received 200 reports of locks that didn’t adequately secure the cabinet, including reports of damaged locks. Of the reported incidents, the firm is aware of 140 children between the ages of 9 months and 5 years who were able to open the locks and gain access to the cabinet’s contents, DJG and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a joint statement.

In three of the reported incidents, the children who opened cupboards swallowed or handled dishwashing detergent, window cleaner, or oven cleaner and were treated, observed, and released from emergency treatment centers.

The recall involves Safety 1st Push ‘N Snap cabinet locks with model numbers 48391 and 48442. The model numbers are printed on the back of the product and on packaging.

The locks are used to secure cabinets with two straps that wrap around the knobs or handles on a cabinet door. When the product is in the “lock” position, a green triangle is shown through a window on the device. The Safety 1st logo is embossed on the front of the lock.

Cabinet Lock Model NumbersLocks manufactured between January 2004 and November 2010 are included in the recall. The date of manufacture is embossed on the back. The arrow on the date wheel points to the month and the numbers of either side of arrow represent the year of manufacture.

Manufactured in China, the locks were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond and other retail stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com from January 2004 through February 2012. The cost was $2 to $4.

Consumers should immediately remove the recalled locks from cabinets and contact DJG for a free replacement Push ‘N Snap lock with model numbers HS158 or HS159.

When removing the recalled locks, consumers are urged to immediately store dangerous items out of reach of children.

For additional information, contact DJG toll-free at 866-762-3212 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.djgusa.com.

Copyright 2012, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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