The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Dorel Juvenile Group USA, of Columbus, Ind., this week announced a voluntary recall of 100,000 Safety 1st SmartLight Stair Gates. The hinges that hold the stair gate in place can break, posing a fall hazard to children if the gate is placed at the top of the stairs. So far, no injuries have been reported. The gates were sold at mass merchandise and juvenile product stores nationwide, including Babies R Us and Wal-Mart, from January 2005 through December 2007 for about $60. The recall involves the Safety 1st SmartLight Stair Gate with model number 42111, which is printed on a sticker under the handle panel. The gates, which were manufactured before December 31, 2007, are white metal with a gray handle and a motion sensor nightlight that illuminates on approach. 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. More info is available recall on CPSC’s web site, including pictures of the recalled product.
This is why it is important to make sure the stair gates are both JPMA certified and made of good quality. The above gates where JPMA certified and still failed.