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September  30, 1997

Release # 97-194
CPSC: Nychelle Flemming
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192

CPSC, BRK Announce Recall of First Alert® True Fit™ Safety Gates

CPSC, BRK Announce Recall of First Alert® True Fit? Safety Gates WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), BRK Brands Inc. of Aurora, Ill., is voluntarily recalling about 18,000 First Alert® True Fit™ Safety Gates. Plastic parts of the gate can break off into small pieces, creating a potential choking hazard to young children.

Although no choking injuries have been reported, BRK has received over 200 reports of plastic parts, including bumpers, hinges and handle pieces breaking off, sometimes into small pieces.

First Alert® True Fit™ Safety Gates subject to this recall are all model CSSG1 gates made from October 1996 (10-96) through May 1997 (5-97). The model number and date manufactured are printed on a white warning label that also includes the manufacturer's name and address. The gate is an expandable, pressure-mounted child security gate that also can be installed with screw-mounted hinges for a "walk-through" style gate. The gate is made of off-white plastic with a gray handle on top of the gate. The gate fits openings from 28 inches to 47 inches wide.

First Alert® True Fit™ Safety Gates made beginning in June 1997 are not involved in this recall.

Retail stores such as Toys R Us and Hills sold the gates nationwide beginning in October 1996 for about $35.

Consumers should stop using these gates immediately and call BRK toll-free at (888) 777-5599 anytime to obtain a free replacement gate.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to