For parents of children eager to explore their world and push their boundaries, child safety gates are a must-have for the home. But what if your child safety gate actually puts your childen in danger?
That appears to be a possibility with one child safety gate manufacturer, which is why the U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission is issuing a recall, according to KCEN-TV.
Madison Mill’s 23 and 25 Foldaway model gates appear to follow an inexpensive, lightweight, and traditional safety gate design, but therein lies the problem. According to the company, children tall enough to reach the top of the gates can actually fit their necks into the V-shaped openings at the top, potentially trapping and choking them.
But that’s not all. Infants can also potentially crawl through the V-shaped openings at the bottom of the gate, making the gate ineffective. That must mean that the V-shaped openings can be pulled wider by strong-armed babies.
That’s why more than 25,000 of the gates have been recalled in the U.S. following more than 68,000 that were recalled in Canada.
Madison Mills recommends all owners of the recalled gates to stop using them immediately and contact the company for a full refund. They’ve provided more information on their recall page.
Similar styles of gates from other companies often have a bar across the top to stabilize the gate and prevent safety hazards. They do not always have a similar bar across the bottom.
Please let your friends and family know!