Canberrans are encouraged to check if they are impacted by the recall of a popular pool gate latch that was sold at Bunnings Warehouse here in the ACT.
SafeTech Hardware Australia has recalled the following products:
- SafeTech Top Pull Pool Gate Latch (Key Lockable)
- G8Safe Top Pull Pool Gate Latch (Key Lockable)
- SafeTech TriLatch (Key Lockable)
- G8Safe TriLatch (Key Lockable)
The non-compliant latches were sold separately and also in the following kits:
- SafeTech Trade Packs (Key Lockable)
- G8Safe Megapack (Key Lockable)
Supplier: SafeTech Hardware Australia Pty Ltd
Traders who sold this product: Bunnings Australia
Where the product was sold: Nationally & International
Dates available for sale: 1 January 2014 - 21 March 2018
What are the defects?
The products do not comply with Australian Standard AS1926.1 2012 Safety Barriers for Swimming Pools section 188.8.131.52 (b). If the gate is open, turning the key in the striker component of the gate latch may cause the gate to remain locked in the open position.
What are the hazards?
If the gate latch remains locked in the open position, it will not prevent unsupervised access to the pool area, posing a potential drowning risk.
What should consumers do?
Consumers should immediately disable the key lock mechanism by removing the key from the striker or filling the key hole with a waterproof adhesive. The Australian Competition and Consumer Commission (ACCC) has advised consumers about how the barrier can be made compliant. This advice and further information about the product recall is on the ACCC’s Product Safety website.
Consumers should register their details by phoning 1300 034 096 or visiting http://www.safetechhardware.com.au. Consumers will be offered either a keyless striker or a replacement lockable striker for the latch.
The replacement product will come with "How to Change Your Striker" instructions. These instructions will also be available via http://www.safetechhardware.com.au. It is important to note that disabling the key mechanism will not affect your existing pool compliance status or its ability to latch and secure the gate.
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