Cyclical Enforcement Project 2016-17: Expansion Gates and Expandable Enclosures Regulations

Fiscal Year 2016/2017

Summary

The Consumer Product Safety Program (CPSP) administers and enforces the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act (CCPSA) and regulations made under it.

The purpose of this Cyclical Enforcement (CE) project was to verify industry's compliance of expansion gates and expandable enclosures with specific requirements of the Expansion Gates and Expandable Enclosures Regulations.

For this project, compliance of select expansion gates and expandable enclosures with the Expansion Gates and Expandable Enclosures Regulations was determined through a sampling and testing process by which Health Canada inspectors visited establishments and sampled relevant products. Compliance to specific requirements listed under the regulations was then verified through testing at the Product Safety Laboratory.

Prior to initiating this CE project, the CPSP carried out a market survey to identify expansion gates and expandable enclosures companies in Canada. Targets were then selected from that list of companies.

Over the course of the 2016/2017 fiscal year, mechanical and chemical testing of eleven different products was carried out. The mechanical testing resulted in four recalls and seven commitments to address non-compliance. The chemical testing resulted in two recalls and nine instances where no corrective action was required. Note that the two products recalled for chemical non-compliance were also recalled for mechanical non-compliance, so there remains a total of four recalls for this project.

Results

Readers should consult the individual recall notices, if applicable, for details of the products subject to this enforcement action.

Compliance of select expansion gates and expandable enclosures
Brand Product Name Source of Sample Determination Corrective Action
Safety 1st Top of Stairs Metal Swing Gate Dorel Juvenile Canada Inc. Did not meet the font size and permanency requirements. Commitment by Dorel Juvenile Canada Inc.
KidCo Angle Mount Wood Safeway Rose ou Bleu Released small parts; did not meet general information requirements. Voluntary recall by KidCo
Bily 3-in-1 Wood Auto Swing Superyard ISSI Inc. Did not meet general information requirements. Commitment by ISSI Inc.
Evenflo Easy Walk Thru Doorway Gate Evenflo Company, Inc. Did not meet font size and packaging requirements Commitment by Evenflo Company, Inc.
Madison Mill Inc. Fold Away Safety Gate Canadian Tire Corporation An opening created an entrapment and strangulation hazard; did not meet general information, warning and accompanying information requirements. Voluntary recall by Madison Mill Inc.
Regalo Baby 4in1 PlayYard Model: 1350 Regalo Baby Did not meet accompanying information requirements. Commitment by Regalo Baby
Cardinal Gates Stairway Special Cardinal Gates Inc. Released small parts; exceeded the barium limit (black coating); did not meet the packaging, general information and warning requirements. Voluntary recall by Cardinal Gates
Grreat Choice Dog Gate PetSmart Did not meet the packaging, general information, warning and accompanying information requirements. Commitment by PetSmart
Summer Infant Stylish & Secure Metal & Wood Walk Thru Gate Summer Infant Canada Did not meet packaging and permanency of labels requirements Commitment by Summer Infant Canada
Baby's Journey One Step Gate Wayfair Did not meet general information requirements. Commitment by Baby's Journey
Guzzie+Guss G+G301 Safety Gate PJM Distributions Inc. Released small parts; exceeded barium limit; did not meet general information requirements. Voluntary recall by Peter John M. Distributions Inc

Disclaimer: A systematic bias is applied during inspection and sampling. Products are not randomly selected but are chosen because they are deemed by the inspector to be more likely to not meet health and safety requirements due to characteristics that are observed.  Due to this biased nature of sampling and the fact that sample sizes within CE projects are very small, the findings of CE projects are not intended to reflect overall market compliance unless otherwise stated. Note that these summary reports relate only to the product(s) actually tested and the specific criteria indicated.  Testing by Health Canada does not represent approval or endorsement of the product(s).

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