Recall Alert: Kids’ Safety Gates Break

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Wooden gates intended to keep babies safe at the top of stairs are being recalled after several small children suffered bumps and bruises to the head.

Slats on the Top-of-Stair Plus Wood Gates made by Evenflo can break or detach from the gates, leaving small children at risk of falling down the stairs. There have been 142 reports of the gates breaking, including four cases that caused bumps and bruises to the head and seven cases in which kids were scratched, scraped or bruised, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission.

As a result, more than 180,000 of the safety gates are being recalled. The recall specifically affects models 10502 and 10512 of the Evenflo gates, which were made between October 2007 and July 2009.

The faulty gates were sold at Toys “R” Us, Burlington Baby Depot, Kmart (Stock Quote: SHLD) and other stores as well as on Amazon.com (Stock Quote: AMZN) and other online retailers between October 2007 and March 2010 for about $40, according to the CPSC.

Consumers with the recalled gate can contact Evenflo for a free newer model. For more information, visit cpsc.gov.

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