Here’s what you need to know.
There are many products on the market to help baby-proof your home—outlet covers, drawer locks, and doorstops are just a few of the must-have items on a new parent's shopping list. And if you have any stairs in your home, one of the first items on that list is probably a safety gate. This week, Madison Mills recalled almost 100,000 units (approximately 25,180 in the U.S. and 68,400 in Canada) of their foldaway expandable safety gates. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, “a young child’s neck can fit into the ‘V’ shaped opening along the edge of the gate, posing entrapment and strangulation hazards to young children.” There is also room under the gate for small tots to fit and be exposed to restricted areas.
On June 7, the company released an official recall for their Madison Mill 23 Foldaway Gate and Madison Mill 25 Foldaway Gate—both have been available since January of 2013 in nationwide retailers as well as online.
To date, no injuries have been reported as a result of these deficiencies, but the company is still advising users to immediately stop usage. If you have one of these gates, you can contact the company for a full refund. To initiate a return or inquire about whether your baby gate was included in the recall, call 877-220-4705 from 7:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (CT) Monday through Friday, email email@example.com, or visit the Madison Mill’s website.