Many new parents use gates and other methods to keep their kids safe – prevention of a fall or some other ruinous disaster is priority #1 for any good parent.
Safety gates like the one pictured below serve as a great deterrent for an infant child whose curiosity, while a rewarding time of discovery, can be a dangerous one as well. One fall down a flight of stairs for instance can be devastating for a fragile child.
But more than 180,000 Evenflo Safety Gates are being recalled after the manufacturer received many reports of the wooden gates breaking, causing children to fall down flights of stairs.
Both the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and its Canadian counterpart issued a recall on March 25th after they received 142 reports of slats breaking and children falling. Of all the reports, Evenflo says that only four children sustained minor bumps and bruises and seven sustained minor scrapes from their defective product. No serious injuries have been reported.
This recall affects Evenflo Top-of-Stair Plus Wood Gates with model numbers 10502 and 10512. You can find your model number on the gate’s bottom rail. Around 150,000 were sold in the U.S. and 33,000 sold in Canada.
The gates were manufactured between October 2007 and July 2009 and sold at retailers nationwide including Toys ‘R’ Us, Burlington Baby Depot and Kmart through March 2010 for around $40.