Nationwide Industries, in conjunction with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), has announced a recall of about 2,500 Trident Pool Gate Latches. Each gate contains a magnet contained in the striker portion of the latch assembly; however, this magnet can become loose over time, preventing the latch from properly securing the gate.
There have been no accidents, injuries or deaths related to the Trident Pool Gate Latches. The manufacturer voluntarily recalled the latches to address any potential problems out of an abundance of caution, and in concern for consumer safety.
A recent CPSC report says there is an average of 390 pool and spa drownings for children younger than 15 years, with 296 of those (76 percent) involving children younger than 5. About 5,100 children are treated in hospital emergency rooms every year in the U.S. for pool and spa related injuries, with about 4,000 of those (78 percent) involving children younger than 5.
Ensuring pool areas are safely enclosed and secured from access by unattended children is a very important safety priority. “Drowning is the leading cause of unintentional death for children between the ages of 1 and 4 and minority children drown in pools at an alarming rate,” said CPSC Chairman Inez Tenenbaum. “The lives of countless children can be saved this summer. Take simple safety steps today – teach all children to swim, put a fence around all pools, and always watch children in and around the water.”
Offered in both black and white, the recalled magnet gate latches measure 10” or 20”, dependent on which model was purchased. The name “Trident” will be marked on the face of the latch body below the keyhole. Typically attached to a fence post, the latch body also contains a knob and a key cylinder on the uppermost portion and a recessed area on the bottom portion. This was designed to engage and retain the striker during usage.
The striker, which contains the potentially faulty magnet, attaches to the active gate portion of a fence gate assembly, moving only as the gate is opened and closed. The primary use for Trident Latches has been to secure gates for pools.
From February to October 2013, the recalled pool latches were sold to professional fence contractors, dealers and gate manufacturers for around $50 to $60. The pool latches were manufactured in China.
Consumers that have identified the Trident Pool Gate Latch should contact Nationwide Industries for a replacement striker kit to be installed with a Phillips-head screwdriver.
For more information on how to receive a replacement striker kit, contact Nationwide Industries at 800-409-3901 from 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 pm ET Monday through Friday, or use after-hours voice mail, via e-mail at Striker@NationwideIndustries.com, or online at www.nationwideindustries.com and click on “Info on Trident Striker replacements” for more information.
Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz, who joined CPSC Chairwoman Tenenbaum at a swimming safety event last year in Washington D.C., said, “Working together, we can improve the safety of all pools and spas by increasing the use of layers of protection and promoting uninterrupted supervision to prevent child drowning and entrapment.”