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-

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.
Picture of Recalled Padlocks and Cable Gun Locks