Pool Gate Latch Recall – Does This Affect You?

pool latch striker with key

Several imported pool gate latches were recently found to be non-compliant with Australian Safety standards. As a result, it’s supplier Safetech Hardware Pty Ltd. initiated a recall. They are now offering affected customers a keyless striker or a lockable striker as a replacement for defective units.

Units to be recalled:

  • pool latch striker with keySafeTech Top Pull Pool Gate Latch
  • G8Safe Top Pull Pool Gate Latch
  • SafeTech TriLatch
  • G8Safe TriLatch
  • SafeTech Trade Packs (sold as part of the kit)
  • G8Safe Megapack (sold as part of the kit)

The primary issue with these key-lockable latches is that using a key to open it sometimes causes the gate latch to get stuck. When this happens, the lock doesn’t latch when you close the gate, making the pool area open for anyone to access, including toddlers who can’t swim yet and are at risk of drowning.

Check your pool gate latch

Statistics show that approximately 15 children drown in backyard pools around Australia each year. That’s why pool owners should take this recall announcement as a serious reminder to make sure their pools pass safety standards for the state they are located in.

These latches were available exclusively in Bunnings Warehouse stores. 80,700 were sold in the country from January 2014 until they were discovered to be non-compliant. David Hillyard, the Commissioner for Consumer Protection asked all pool owners to check their gate latches to see if it has to be repaired or replaced.

Building Commissioner Ken Bowron echoed Commissioner Hillyard’s statement when he pointed out why it’s necessary to ensure the pool’s locking systems are compliant with the safety standards of the country. He said that homeowners or landlords of rental properties with pools could be held responsible if a drowning incident occurs at their property and it was discovered their locking systems are non-compliant.

Contact Safetech

Since the defective pool gate latch issue came about, Safetech has made it easy for customers to contact them. They can be reached at 1300 034 096 and there’s helpful information on their website about what customers can do to make their pool latch safe. There is a four-step process that comes with a diagram for customers on how to remove the striker for keyless or key-lockable latches. In addition, they have a video demonstration of putting waterproof adhesive on the key mechanism so that a key can’t be used to open the latch.

Doing this does not stop the lock from working and it can still secure the gate. Commissioner Hillyard encourages everyone affected to do this and even said that once the keylock is disabled, the latches become compliant with the Australian Pool Safety Standards.

More information about item recalls

Following the announcement about the defective pool latches, it is advisable for consumers to check if any of the items they’re using are also being recalled.  Visit www.recalls.com.au to browse their list or just type in the name of the item you’re worried about to see if it’s included. More information can be found at www.productsafety.gov.au about the company’s responsibilities when one or more of its products have to be recalled.

Pool Safety Compliance

Property owners in Queensland are required to have a pool safety certificate. iCertified offers pool safety inspections that can be finished within a day, and can send reminders when the certification is about to expire. If you’d like to see if your pool is still compliant with safety standards, get in touch with us today to arrange an inspection.