As a parent or guardian, you want to keep your kids safe. This means making sure children are properly strapped into a car seat when in a moving vehicle, picking out the right age-appropriate toys and kid-proofing the entire house. However, while many parents take all of the necessary precautions to avoid children injuries, in some cases, it's actually a defective product that is to blame for a child getting into harm's way.
Recently, the Consumer Product Safety Commission recalled close to 1 million Safety 1st Push N' Snap Cabinet Locks. These locks are used to keep cabinets tightly secured so children cannot gain access to dangerous products, like cleaning supplies kept under the sinks in kitchens and bathrooms.
However, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, there have been 200 reports of these types of locks not working properly. At least 140 cases have involved children between the ages of 9 months and 5 years being able to figure out the locks. Of those 140 cases, three incidents have involved children gaining access and handling or swallowing some dangerous products. Those products have included oven cleaner, window cleaner and dishwashing detergent.
Luckily, in the cases where children were able to get their hands on dangerous products, these children were all treated and released from medical facilities.
The Safety 1st Push N' Snap Cabinet Locks were sold at retail stores across the country and online at Amazon.com. The defective locks were sold between January 2004 and February of this year.