Cabinet Lock Latches Recall
The First Years® Recalls American Red Cross® Cabinet Swing Locks; Latches Can Fail to Prevent Access by Children
The First Years is voluntarily recalling approximately 41,300 American Red Cross Cabinet Swing Locks, which are mounted on cabinet doors or drawers to help prevent young children from gaining access to contents, which may pose a potential risk of exposure to hazardous items. Children may be able to override the lock and gain access to contents of a cabinet, posing the risk of exposure to hazardous items.
The products subject to recall were sold nationally by retailers and on the Internet, including Toys “R” Us, Babies “R” Us, and other retail stores from December 2008 through September 2010 for about $4 per pair. The Cabinet Swing Locks subject to recall were sold two to a blister pack card and bear the item number Y7181. The products subject to recall can be identified in several ways, see below.
Name of Product: The First Years American Red Cross Cabinet Swing Locks
Units: About 41,300
Importer: Learning Curve Brands Inc. d/b/a The First Years, of Oak Brook, Ill.
Hazard: The installed latches can break and children could gain access to contents of a cabinet, posing the risk of exposure to hazardous items.
Incidents/Injuries: The First Years has received seven reports of latches breaking. No injuries have been reported.
Description: This recall involves The First Years American Red Cross cabinet swing locks with item number Y7181. The latches are mounted on cabinets or drawers to help prevent young children from gaining access and were sold two per blister card. An America Red Cross logo and “cabinet swing lock” is printed on the package. “American Red Cross” is molded onto the front of the lock. A date code is printed on the bottom of the back of the package and on the back side of each latch just above the connection point.
Sold at: Toys R Us, Babies R Us and other retail stores nationwide and on the Internet from September 2008 through September 2010 for about $4 per pair.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately remove the latches from cabinets, record the date code on the back of each latch and contact The First Years to obtain a $5 coupon toward the purchase of another Learning Curve product. When removing the latches, consumers should take special care to store hazardous items out of reach of children.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact The First Years toll-free at (866) 725-4407 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.recalls.thefirstyears.com
The First Year will provide a $5 coupon toward the purchase of another product on The First Years website for each set of affected swing locks (maximum of two sets of locks per household for online redemption).