Lock Failure
Poses Danger

If you rely on cabinet locks to keep your children away from any dangerous household substances, check the brand. Safety 1st has recalled nearly one million cabinet locks.

Safety 1st Push 'n Snap Cabinet Lock

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, along with Dorel Juvenile Group, issued a recall of 900,000  Push ‘N Snap Cabinet Locks.

Product Description: Safety 1st Push ‘N Snap cabinet locks with model numbers 48391 and 48442 have been recalled. The model numbers are printed on the back of the product and on the packaging. The Safety 1st logo is embossed on the front of the lock.

The recalled cabinet 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.

Locks 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.

Where/when it was sold: The recalled cabinet locks were manufactured between January 2004 and February 2010 at Bed Bath & Beyond and other retail stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com for between $2 and $4.

Reason for recall: The manufacturer has received 200 reports of locks that did not adequately secure the cabinet, including reports of damaged locks.

Of the reports, the manufacturer has noted that 140 children between the ages of 9 months and 5 years were able to disengage the locks and open the cabinets, gaining access to the contents. The CPSC reports that "in three of the reported incidents, the children who gained access swallowed or handled dishwashing detergent, window cleaner or oven cleaner, and were treated, observed and released from emergency treatment centers."

What you need to do: If you have the recalled cabinet locks, remove them immediately and replace or remove any dangerous items that your children could access. Contact Dorel Juvenile Group for a free replacement.

Company information: You can call Dorel Juvenile Group at (866) 762-3212 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern, Monday through Friday, or you may visit the DJG website.

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Image credit: USCPSC


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