Nationwide recalls of biometric gun safes that don't keep kids out

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More than 120,000 biometric weapon safes sold by retailers nationwide are being recalled amid reports of unauthorized users opening them — including a six-year-old lad — posing a superior information hazard and hazard of death.

The U.S. Consumer Product and Safety Commission connected Thursday announced 4 abstracted recalls of biometric safes, with the companies that imported the Chinese-manufactured harmless collectively receiving 91 reports of the products being accessed by unpaired fingerprints.

No injuries were reported successful the latest recalls, which travel the October callback of 61,000 Fortress safes for the aforesaid reason, that the safes tin let unauthorized users, including children, to entree them and their perchance deadly contents. 

The Fortress callback came aft the shooting decease of a 12-year-old lad capable to access a weapon harmless successful his home successful January 2022. 

magnum-vault.png Recalled Awesafe Gun Safe closed. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

The 4 recalls announced connected Wednesday see astir 60,000 Awesafe biometric Gun Safes sold astatine Walmart stores nationwide and online astatine Amazon.com and Walmart.com from August 2019 until Dec. 7, 2022, for astir $130, according to Shenghaina Technology, oregon Awesafe, of China. 

The institution has received reports of 71 incidents of the safes being opened by unauthoized users, the callback announcement said.

awesafe-open.jpg Recalled Awesafe Gun Safe open. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Consumers should halt utilizing the biometric feature, region the batteries and lone usage the cardinal for the recalled safes to store firearms until they get a escaped replacement safe. Instructions connected however to safely disable the biometric scholar tin beryllium recovered here.

Another callback involves astir 33,500 Bulldog Biometric Firearm Safes that tin besides beryllium opened by unauthorized users, posing a superior wounded hazard and hazard of death, according to the product's importer, Danville, Va.-based Bulldog Cases.

magnum-vault-2.png Recalled Bulldog Magnum biometric Pistol Vault, Model No. BD4030B. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Sold astatine Bass Pro Shops, Walmart, firearm stores nationwide and online astatine Amazon.com from July 2016 to January 2024, the achromatic alloy safes utilized to store firearms and different valuables sold for betwixt $194 and $216, its callback announcement stated.

The callback includes the following: 

  • Magnum Biometric Pistol Vault: BD4030B
  • Magnum Biometric Pistol Vault with Shelf: BD4040B
  • Magnum Biometric Top Load Pistol Vault: BD4055B
  • magnum-vault-shelf.png Recalled Bulldog Magnum Biometric Pistol Vault with Shelf, Model No. BD4040B. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

    Bulldog has received 4 reports of the harmless being opened by an unauthorized user, the institution said.

    As with the different recalls, owners should halt utilizing the biometric feature, region the batteries and lone usage the cardinal to store firearms until the get a repair kit oregon replacement safe. More accusation tin beryllium recovered here.

    machir-safe.jpg Recalled Machir Biometric Personal Safe. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

    Additionally, Springfield, Mo.-based Machir LLC is recalling astir 24,820 idiosyncratic safes aft getting 15 reports of the biometric fastener failing. The recalled safes sold astatine Walmart stores nationwide and online astatine Walmart.com and Machir.com for astir $98 from July 2019 done astatine slightest September 2021, according to the recall.

    Consumers tin find the serial numbers of the impacted units here.

    A 4th callback by Monterey Park, Calif.-based Jomani International involves astir 2,200 MouTec marque Biometric Firearm Safes sold by Amazon.com from September 2021 done February 2023 for betwixt $170 and $400.

    bbrkin-safe.png Recalled BBRKIN Biometric Firearm Safe exemplary fig QCJJ01. U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

    The institution said it had received 1 study of a harmless opened by an unauthorized user, a six-year-old boy.

    Information connected exemplary and serial numbers progressive successful the callback tin beryllium recovered here and a signifier to person a replacement harmless tin beryllium recovered here.

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