July 31, 2001Safety 1st Recalls Cabinet and
Drawer Spring Latches
MA (SafetyAlerts) - Safety 1st is
voluntarily recalling about 1.7 million packages of safety latches used to prevent
children from opening cabinets and drawers. If the safety latch breaks, a small spring
could be released. Young children could choke on the small spring or gain access to a
cabinet or drawer where dangerous items are stored.
CPSC and Safety 1st are aware of 27 incidents with these latches breaking. There have been
two injuries reported. A 13-month-old girl placed the broken spring from one of these
latches in her mouth and suffered a minor abrasion inside her mouth. Also, a 2-year-old
girl was able to open a cabinet protected by a safety latch, gained access to a bathroom
cabinet and sprayed tile cleaner into her mouth. She received chemical burns to her
The latches are made of white plastic with a spring which holds the latch closed.
"SAFETY 1 st" is written on the top of the latches. Their packaging reads, in
part, "SAFETY 1ST" and "CABINET & DRAWER SPRING LATCHES." They
were sold in a package of three or four latches. The straight ends of the metal springs
are uncovered on the recalled latches. The replacement latches have a plastic tab over the
short, straight end of the metal spring.
The springs are uncovered on the recalled latches (left). The replacement latches have a
plastic tab over the spring (right).
Toy, hardware and department stores nationwide sold the set of three or four latches from
January 1993 through February 2001 for about $7.
Consumers should contact Safety 1st for free replacement latches immediately. For more
information, call Safety 1st at (800) 366-1282 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through
Friday, or go to he firm's web site at www.safety1st.com.
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