Recall: 100,000 Dorel child safety gates

Consumer Reports News: February 05, 2009 10:06 AM

The Dorel Juvenile Group yesterday recalled 100,000 child 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 the 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.

For contact information and more specifics about the recall, see the rest of this post on our Safety blog, and see our child safety gates Ratings report and childproofing guide for more information.

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