On March 25, 2010, Evenflow Company of Miamisburg, Ohio, announced a recall of Top-of-Stair™ Plus Wood Gates — about 150,000 in the United States and 33,000 in Canada.
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.
The recall involves Evenflo models 10502 and 10512 Top-of-Stair Plus Wood Gates made from October 2007 through July 2009. The model number can be found on the bottom rail. No other model numbers are affected by this recall.
The products were sold at Toys “R” Us, Burlington Baby Depot, Kmart, and other juvenile product and mass merchandise retailers nationwide in the U.S. and Canada, and on the Web at Amazon.com and other online retailers from October 2007 through March 2010 for about $40.
If a child has fallen down stairs, contact an attorney immediately.
How Can I Find out if a Product is Recalled?
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is the U.S. agency responsible for the safety of most children’s products (not drugs or food). On its website, it has a special section for kids and babies. There you can find information on recalls and safety. You can also sign up to get alerts.
We join CPSC in its effort to have consumers share recall information with friends and family. A short email could save a life.
We also encourage parents to contact us if their child is injured by any product. It is often lawsuits that prompt manufacturers to take dangerous and defective products out of the market. You can call our law firm at 1-888-377-8900 (toll free).