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Toilet and Cabinet Locks

Starting date:
May 17, 2012
Posting date:
May 17, 2012
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Household Items, Miscellaneous
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Audience:
General Public (GP)
Identification number:
RA-500002834

Joint Recall with Dorel Distribution Canada, Health Canada, and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC)

Affected products

Toilet and Cabinet Locks

Product description

This recall involves all versions of the 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.

This recall also involves all versions of the Safety 1st Cabinet Slide Locks with 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.

Hazard identified

Young children may disengage the toilet locks and gain access to water in the toilet, posing the risk of drowning. In addition, young children may disengage the cabinet locks, and as a result cabinets that are expected to remain closed when these locks are used may be opened by young children posing an accessibility risk of the cabinet contents to these individuals.

In Canada, Dorel Distribution Canada (DDC) has received seven reports of toilet locks that did not adequately secure the lid and one report of a child that was able to defeat the lock. In addition, DDC has received 17 reports of cabinet locks that did not adequately secure the cabinet and two reports of children who were able to disengage the cabinet locks. There have been no reports of injuries in any incidents.

In the United States, Dorel Juvenile Group (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 the lock 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 overnight and released the next day.

Health Canada has received two reports of incidents related to the use of the cabinet locks and no injuries were reported. Health Canada has received no reports of incidents or injuries related to the toilet lock.

Number sold

In Canada, approximately 28,812 units of the toilet locks and 508,911 units of the cabinet locks were sold at various retail stores.

In the United States, approximately 183,000 units of the toilet locks and 685,000 units of the cabinet locks were sold at various retail stores.

Time period sold

In Canada, the recalled toilet locks were sold from January 2005 to January 2012 and the recalled cabinet locks were sold from January 2002 to February 2009.

In the United States, the recalled toilet locks were sold from January 2005 to April 2012 and the recalled cabinet locks were sold from January 2000 to April 2012.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.

Companies

Importer
Dorel Distribution Canada
Ville Saint-Laurent
Quebec
CANADA
Tel: 1-800-295-1980

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately remove the recalled locks and contact DDC for a free replacement lock of a different model. When removing the recalled locks, consumers are urged to immediately store dangerous items out of reach of children and to prevent unsupervised access to bathrooms.

For more information, consumers may contact DDC toll-free at 1-877-416-8105 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website.

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission's website.