CPSC product alert: Fall hazards prompt recall of Top-of-Stair™ Plus Wood Gates

Legal News for Product Liability Attorneys. Miamisburg OH-based Evenflo Co. Inc. recalled Evenflo Top-of-Stair™ Plus Wood Gates to prevent fall injuries.

The CPSC and Health Canada have announced the product recall of wooden gates due to the fall hazard they pose to children.

Miamisburg, OH—Evenflo Co. Inc., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) http://www.cpsc.gov and Health Canada (HC), has voluntarily recalled Evenflo Top-of-Stair™ Plus Wood Gates due to the fall hazard they pose to children. The consumer product safety recall was announced on Thursday, March 25, 2010.

According to the CPSC, “The slats on the gate can break or detach, posing a fall hazard to children… Evenflo has received 142 reports of slats breaking and/or detaching from the gate. Three children gained access to stairs. One of those children fell through the gate and down five steps; another fell down one step. Injuries included four children who sustained bumps and bruises to the head and seven children who sustained minor injuries including scratches, scrapes and bruises.”

Approximately 150,000 Top-of-Stair Plus Wood Gates were recalled in the United States while another 33,000 gates were subject to the voluntary recall in Canada. Model numbers affected by the product recall included 10502 and 10512 and can be located on the bottom rail of the gates. Wooden gates produced from October 2007 through July 2009 with the listed model numbers are the only gates included in the international safety recall.

The defective wooden gates were sold by Toys “R” Us, Burlington Baby Depot, Kmart and other juvenile product and wholesale retailers throughout the U.S. and Canada. Online retailers, including Amazon.com, also sold the wooden gates at a retail price of approximately $40. The Mexican manufactured gates were apparently on the market from October 2007 to July 2009.

As a means of protecting children from potential fall-induced injuries, the CPSC urges parents and caretakers to cease use of the recalled gates and contact Evenflo toll-free at (800) 233-5921 Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., or online at safety.evenflo.com to receive a complimentary replacement Evenflo Top-of-Stair™ Plus Wood Gate.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Product Liability Lawyers.