2011-04-01 23:49:32 UTC
I have a one year old. I have several of those safety locks for cabinet
doors. I wanted to put one on another door to keep him from pulling things
out of the cabinet but couldn't find the ones I was using (Safety First
I was at the Dollarama buying some crappy little thing and noticed they had
safety latches sort of like the ones I was already using. I highly doubted
that they would work safely but I did buy it just to check it out and see.
When I took it out of the package, it was quite obviously not safe at all.
It doesn't latch and, in fact, the sliding mechanism comes off easily and
little parts come out (a spring and a piece of plastic small enough to
swallow). I know I shouldn't expect much when buying from the dollar store
(and I usually only buy things like paper, pens and birthday
cards/decorations there) but it really got me ticked off that they are
selling products that are supposedly safe and they obviously are not.
I went back to the store and explained my experience. The assistant manager
I spoke with (manager was not in) said she was surprised that I had a
problem (seriously??) because nobody else had brought it back. I normally
wouldn't bring anything back to a dollar store either but since it was child
safety related, I felt obligated to do so. Anyway, I was there the other
day, maybe 3 weeks after speaking with the assistant manager and the latches
are still being sold there. Where would you go next with this? There are
no identifying marks on the product packaging to determine what company
makes them. There is only "Made in China" and the Dollarama logo. I went
to the government page for child safety but quickly got lost in the links.
I am wondering if someone can point me in the right direction? I would love
to see Marketplace or some other news show do a piece on this type of stuff.
I sent a letter to Dollarama through their website contact us link but no
response as of yet.