A Minn. Family’s Warning After Child Safety Lock Fails

By Liz Collin, WCCO-TV

(WCCO) — A Coon Rapids family wants to warn other parents about a potential problem they say they found with a certain cabinet lock for kids.

The Hultman family was surprised when their daughter tore a safety device made by Safety First apart in seconds.

“What in the world was the company thinking, making locks like this?” said Jamie Hultman.

They then recorded it and sent the video to the company that makes the locks, but what happened next wasn’t the reaction they expected.

When the Hultman’s complained, they were sent more expensive locks. Then, they sent their video off to Safety First. That was months ago. It’s why they’ve decided the popular baby brand isn’t living up to its name.

“I didn’t want a child to get poisoned or die because of a defective lock,” Hultman said.

The Hultman’s spent just a few dollars on the Push ‘n Snap cabinet locks to keep their daughter, Skyly safe in the kitchen. After they broke, they wanted more than their money back.

“We still haven’t gotten a response back,” said Hultman. “They’re still on the shelves because I went and bought one today.”

The family has since found a new system that seems to work and, so far, has kept Skyly out.

Peter Kerin is a professional child proofer at Foresight Childproofing, Inc in Eden Prairie. After years of trying out so many locks, he thinks the magnetic ones work best. They cost a couple of dollars more than plastic cabinet locks.

Kerin says before buying anything it’s best to do your homework.

“What may work for the 8-month-old may not for the 18-month-old,” Kerin said.

A spokesperson for Safety First told WCCO-TV the company stands by their product.

WCCO-TV’s Liz Collin Reports

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  • Sandi Hultman

    Did I hear Frank right, that the company rep told Liz they stand behind this product?!

  • Banned Leader

    Maybe the parents should spend more time SUPERVISING their children. How many 100’s of generations of kids grew up without safety locks on their cabinets?

  • Becki

    They are supervised… but if a mom gets home from work at 5:00 and is trying to make dinner and daddy isn’t home yet… I went through this same scenario with my young son. I couldn’t be working at the stove and be at the other side of the kitchen blocking the cupboards at the same time. The safety locks helped me get a healthy meal on the table for my child when I was playing in the kitchen while I was making dinner. What’s my alternative? No locks and just run to McDonald’s and grab dinner every night? Banned Leader – sure that may have worked for “100’s of generations” – but both parents often work now and that just won’t work anymore. Sorry.

  • Kellyjean

    Well and Banned how many more children were poisioned back then..i know my younger brother sprayed lysol in the cats eye! Could have been mine..things happen and you cant blame it on lazy parenting.

    • Jaylee1700

      Why would a child even have access to Lysol?? That is ridiculous. If someone child is walking around with Lysol then yes I will call them parent lazy.

  • linda

    Usually have to pay more for better quality locks. Best way I found to keep kids away is to put locks on bottom cabinets with things like the good pots & pans, etc that you don’t want them into & the dangerous stuff like detergents & cleaners in the UPPER cabinets also with locks. There should never be a reason to keep anything dangerous at kid level.

  • yeppers

    I don’t have locks. I put thinks in places that my kids can not get to them if they are not supposed to have them. That’s what responsible parenting is. I do not trust locks, only my personal overview. P.S. I can’t imagine that anyone’s kitchen is that big to where they can’t keep an eye on what their child is doing. Put you disinfectants on a top shelf somewhere else.

  • Tonya

    Exactly yeppers, I have two children one is two and the other is three. My husband is an over the road truck driver. So I have no help in the kitchen. I also do not believe in locking the cupboards. Teach your children right away to not play in certain cupboards. And yes, most definataly keep chemicals in a higher place out of reach. Learn to teach your children to stay out.

  • JAylee1700

    Child saftey devices are used as a barrier or precaution but should not replace supervision. Parents need to research the products they are purchasing. Eventually every kid is going to figure out how they work. After much research we purchased the magnectic tot locs for our cabinets. To keep our 17mth old out. They work great. I don’t trust that these will always work though.

  • The Creator

    why waste money to support cheap item that doesn’t work. stop supporting them let them go out of business. Most of the time you get what you pay for!!!!!!!!

  • Greg Laden

    Search on YouTube for child safety lock. There are a LOT of videos of kids getting past the locks. Some, but not all, are the type in question here.

  • Greg Laden

    Of coure, then there’s a few of much older kids that CAN”T open the locks…

  • Greg Laden
  • Rediculous

    This story is absurd. It is too often when poor parents blame society and products as a reason for issues with their children. Money hungry is what this sounds like. So many children grow up without magic locks and padded rooms given the sight of their parents. My favorite line in this article “they’re still on the shelves, I know this because I just bought one.” ….purchased another of the same product you’re voicing against? Validity just went out the window.

  • Channa Castle

    Yes, but how many children have died from this happening? It takes a kid 30 seconds to open a cupboard and drink whatever chemicals are in it. These are meant to keep children safe, and this company is selling a product that doesn’t even work. If this happened to my family I would sue the company. And the company still stands behind this product? That’s really messed up. What’s wrong with people these days? -Channa

  • LovesBeingMomOf3

    Why don’t you people with your unhelpful “bad parenting” comments get off of your high horse and be realistic…..you are not perfect parents, you do not know it all, and if you are this rude, your kids must be horribly rude kids. Thanks for the safety tips that I was looking for. Next time I hope I don’t have to hear such rude comments from ignorant idiots. Have a nice day! :)

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