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Recall: American Red Cross Cabinet Swing Locks


Recalled by The First Years Because Latches Can Fail to Prevent Access by Children

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

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.


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