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Consumer product recall

Cardinal Gates recalls Stairway Special Safety Gate

Starting date:
October 19, 2016
Posting date:
October 19, 2016
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Children's Products, Household Items
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Choking Hazard, Chemical Hazard
General Public
Identification number:

Affected products

Stairway Special Safety Gate, Model SS-30 & SS-30 OD (Outdoor Safety Gate)

Product description

This recall involves Cardinal Gates Stairway Special Safety Gate, Model SS-30 and SS-30 OD (Outdoor Safety Gate).  The gates are metal and are available in black or white.

Hazard identified

Health Canada's sampling and evaluation program has determined that these products do not meet the requirements for expansion gates under Canadian law.

The plastic end caps located on the upper and lower horizontal bars may separate, and these small components may pose a choking hazard to young children. 

In addition, the coating on the black frame contains barium in excess of the allowable limit.

Some forms of barium are safely used in medical and commercial applications, while other forms of barium can be toxic, causing adverse health effects such as nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, and cramps as well as more severe symptoms. Expansion gates coated with paint containing barium in excess of the allowable limit are strictly prohibited in Canada.

Neither Health Canada nor Cardinal Gates has received any reports of incidents or injuries related to the use of these expansion gates in Canada.

Number sold

Approximately 300 units of the recalled gates were sold in Canada.

Time period sold

The recalled safety gates were sold in Canada from July 2015 to September  2016.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.



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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled expansion gates.  Consumers who own the recalled black gate should contact Cardinal Gates for a replacement product.  Consumers who own the recalled white gate should contact Cardinal Gates for instructions on how to remove and discard the plastic endcaps safely.

For more information, consumers may contact Cardinal Gates at 770-252-4200, from 9:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.