|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 9, 2001
Release # 01-148
|Ruger Recall Hotline: (888) 317-6887
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
Ruger Contact: Phyllis Garber, (203) 259-7843
CPSC, Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. Announce Recall to Replace Padlocks and Cable Gun Locks
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc., of Southport, Conn. is voluntarily recalling 1.2 million padlocks and 800,000 cable gun locks that bear the "Ruger" name. The padlocks can be opened using keys other than those originally provided with the locks and the cable locks can be opened if struck with force potentially allowing unauthorized access to a firearm.
Ruger is aware of three incidents where a consumer was able to open a padlock without the use of its designated key. No injuries have been reported.
Lockable boxes using these padlocks were shipped by Ruger with its pistols and revolvers from 1987 until 1995. The red cable locks were shipped with Ruger rifles and shotguns from 1998 until March 2001. These locks were distributed nationwide.
Ruger began its voluntary lock replacement program in March 2001. Consumers with the recalled padlocks and cable locks should send them to Sturm, Ruger & Co. Inc., Dept. LK, 411 Sunapee Street, Newport, NH 03773 for a free replacement lock. For more information, call Sturm, Ruger & Company, Inc. toll-free at (888) 317-6887 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit Ruger's website at www.Ruger- Firearms.com.
Consumers should always be sure to obey all laws and follow appropriate safety procedures when storing their firearms. Consumers are reminded to make sure their unloaded gun is secure until the new replacement lock is received.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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