Residents are being urged to check their pool gate latches as soon as possible following a major recall affecting SafeTech Hardware latches.
The affected latches were sold at Bunnings Warehouse stores across the country and are being pulled from shelves because they don’t comply with Australian Safety Standards for swimming pool barriers.
“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,” the recall notice reads.
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“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.”
The following latches are being recalled due to their unsafe lock striker component:
- SafeTech Top Pull Pool Gate Latch (Key Lockable)
- G8Safe Top Pull Pool Gate Latch (Key Lockable)
- SafeTech TriLatch (Key Lockable)
- G8Safe TriLatch (Key Lockable)
These products are also available for purchase as part of the following kits:
- SafeTech Trade Packs (Key Lockable)
- G8Safe Megapack (Key Lockable)
Customers are being urged to immediately disable the key lock mechanism by removing the key from the striker or fill in the key hole with a waterproof adhesive.
Consumers should register their details by phoning 1300 034 096 or visiting 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 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.