Naples Injury Lawyers Urge Parents to Check Child Safety Locks

by Carmen Dellutri on June 13, 2012

Naples accident attorneyAs Naples injury lawyers, we are concerned about the growing number of recalls regarding child safety locks. Last month, Safety 1st announced the recall of 183,000 toilet locks and 685,000 cabinet locks. The current recall comes just two months after the company recalled 900,000 Safety 1st Push ‘N Snap cabinet locks, also due to lock failure.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 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 young children can disengage the lock, posing the risk of injury from dangerous or unsafe items stored in the cabinet.

The importer of the child safety locks, Dorel Juvenile Group (DJG) Inc., of Columbus, Ind., 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 specifically involves Safety 1st Sure Fit toilet locks with model numbers 48003 and 48103, and Safety 1st cabinet slide locks with model numbers 12013 and 12014. Bed, Bath and Beyond, Burlington Coat Factory, Great Beginnings, Home Depot, Target and Wal-Mart sold the locks from January 2005 through April 2010 for the toilet locks, and from January 2000 through March 2009 for the cabinet locks. Amazon.com sold both locks through April 2012.

Parents should immediately remove the recalled locks and contact DJG 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.

The Dellutri Law Group is focused on making bad situations better and putting lives back together. If you or someone you love has been seriously injured in a Naples accident caused by someone else’s negligence, you may be entitled to compensation.

To learn more about your legal options, contact our experienced Naples injury lawyers for a free consultation. 

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