Dorel recalls 100,000 safety gates with faulty hinges

Consumer Reports News: February 04, 2009 02:01 PM

The Dorel Juvenile Group today recalled 100,000 safety gates because the hinges can break, posing a fall hazard to children if the gate is placed at the top of the stairs. No injuries have been reported.

The gates, called the Safety 1st SmartLight, have a motion sensor nightlight and were sold at juvenile product stores nationwide, including Babies 'R' Us and Wal-Mart, from January 2005 through December 2007 for about $60. The gates are white metal with a gray handle and have model number 42111 printed on a sticker under the handle panel. They were manufactured before December 31, 2007—the manufacture date is located below the gate’s handle as a date wheel imprinted in the plastic; an arrow indicates the month, and the year is stamped inside the circle. The manufacture date is also printed on a sticker inside the battery door.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission, which announced the recall, advises consumers to stop using the recalled gates and contact the company to obtain a free repair kit. Dorel can be reached by calling the toll-free number (866) 690-2540 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m EDT. Owners of the gates can also  complete an online order form on the Dorel Juvenile Group Web site, e-mail the company at Smartlightgate@djgusa.com, or send a fax to (800) 207-8182. Consumers should not return the gates to retail stores.

The recalled safety gate is not among the gates that Consumer Reports rated in its most recent safety gate report.


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