Cabinet locks that keep toddlers and kids from getting into products and areas that they shouldn’t were recalled today by Dorel Juvenile Group.
The recall affects 900,000 locks manufactured between 2004 and 2010 and sold at Bed Bath & Beyond and other retail stores nationwide and online between 2004 and now.
Dorel received 200 reports of cabinet locks failing to work properly, with reports of children ages 9 months to 5 years old able to disengage the locks. In three of those cases, children swallowed or handled cleaning products and were taken to an emergency room.
Julie Vallese, VP of Public Affairs for Dorel Juvenile Group’s U.S. division, said the locks are deterrents- a product designed to help safeguard a home, but not necessarily a device to prevent danger 100 percent of the time.
“No safety device should be seen as an absolute,” said Vallese. “It should never be put in place as taking the place of supervision.”
The recall comes during National Poison Prevention Week, when the Consumer Product Safety Commission and other safety advocates bring awareness to poison prevention and resources and guidance on how to prevent accidents around the home.
“I think it is fair to say that our first priority is making products that help keep children safe and secure and that we’re dedicated to providing parents with products that they can rely on,” said Vallese.
Dorel Juvenile Group will provide free replacement locks to owners. The company recommends storing cleaning products and other items currently kept in the locked cabinet away and out of reach of kids while awaiting the replacement locks.
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