Child Safety Locks Deemed Unsafe

The Safety 1st toilet and cabinet locks were sold at Bed, Bath and Beyond, Burlington Coat Factory, Home Depot, Target and Walmart.

Hundreds of thousands of child safety locks are being recalled because they can fail, exposing children to dangerous situations.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with Dorel Juvenile Group, Thursday announced a voluntary recall of about 183,000 toilet locks and 685,000 cabinet locks.

Young children can unexpectedly disengage the toilet locks and gain access to water in the toilet, posing the risk of drowning, according to the CPSC, and the cabinet locks are being recalled because young children can disengage the lock, posing the risk of injury from dangerous or unsafe items stored in the cabinet.

Have you had issues with these locks or others not working? Tell us in the comments below.

Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

DJG received 110 reports of toilet locks that did not adequately secure the lid, including eight reports of children, under the age of two, who were able to disengage or break the lock.

In addition, DJG has received 278 reports of cabinet locks that did not adequately secure the cabinet, including 71 reports of children between the ages of eight months and five years old who were able to disengage the cabinet locks. In one of the reported incidents, a 13-month-old boy swallowed small, toxic beads from a craft kit. The child was admitted to the hospital, observed overnight and released the next day.

Recall Details

Model numbers can be found on the back of the locks.

Safety 1st Sure Fit Toilet Locks

  • Model Numbers: 48003 and 48103
  • Sold: January 2005 through April 2010
  • Cost: between $8 and $20

The toilet lock is attached to the tank behind the lid and is intended to prevent a child's access to the toilet bowl.

Safety 1st Cabinet Slide Locks

  • Model Numbers: 12013 and 12014
  • Sold: January 2000 through March 2009
  • Cost: between $2 and $11

The cabinet slide lock is attached to cabinet knobs or handles to prevent access to the contents of the cabinet.

The locks were sold at

Amazon.com sold both locks through April 2012.

Editor's Note: All information was provided by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

Linda Sadlouskos May 18, 2012 at 06:17 PM
I would think that having some sort of lock is better than none. But young children are amazingly resourceful, and need to be watched constantly anyway.
Bruce Ruck May 19, 2012 at 12:31 AM
As director of Drug Information and Professional Education for the NJ Poison Center I can tell you it is imperative to lock up all meds. Keep them high and locked up. Child "safety locks are not good enough. Meds need to be locked up not only from little children but also your teens. Prescription drug abuse is at an all time high. Teens take meds form their house, homes of friends and relatives. LOCK UP meds. In addtion, Several companies now make Dissolving Laundry Detergent Packets. You take a packet and place it in the wash. Please keep these away from children. Laundry detergents are normally not a problem if a kid tastes some. However, we are hearing really bad outcomes of children that get into these and take some by mouth. Several kids had to be hospitalized and placed on ventilators. Please keep these away from kids. Remember a NJ poison expert (nurse, pharmacist or MD) is available 24/7 365 to ans any questions you have. It is free..... 800 222 1222


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