DIY Pool Fence item recall for national hardware chain’s goods– G8Safe Pool Latches
If you have started a DIY Pool Fence job over the last few months, then you may wish to check where you got your products from, and if they belong to the latest recall issued by one of Australia’s largest hardware chains in April 2018. Although DIY Frameless glass  and Absolut do not use or stock the recalled products, we wish to share the news so if you have recently put in a G8Safe latch, you can ensure that you have it removed and replaced asap.

The item recall is issued for G8Safe Pool Latches created by SafeTech Hardware Australia Pty.
Choice reported that  this is a nationwide recall because the latch does not comply with Australian safety standards.
The reason? Just because these latches have the capacity to be locked in a way that the locking pin continues to be in an open position. This signifies that it can actually be ‘locked open’ and as a result anyone can get into the pool area as the latch will not automatically close after you.
As reported by Choice,

” Consumers should immediately disable the key lock mechanism by removing the key from the striker, or [fill] the key hole with a waterproof adhesive,”

says David Hillyard, commissioner of Consumer Protection.

” This is a very serious safety issue,” Choice adds, “so I urge all owners and residents of properties with pools to … take urgent action.”

The recall is for a range of the SafeTech and G8Safe items, including:

  • SafeTech Top Pull Pool Gate Latch (Key Lockable).
  • G8Safe Top Pull Pool Gate Latch (Key Lockable).
  • SafeTech TriLatch (Key Lockable).
  • G8Safe TriLatch (Key Lockable).
  • SafeTech Trade Packs (Key Lockable).
  • G8Safe Megapack (Key Lockable).

What to do

The callback is advising that Customers should “immediately disable the key lock mechanism by removing the key from the striker or fill in the key hole with a waterproof adhesive”.
The fact this recall has occured points out clear reasons why we have these pool safety standards, and also why Absolut and DIY Frameless glass only stocks premium products which fully comply with these standards.
If you have any inquiries about this recall, or ways to choose a new pool latch system please feel free to reach Absolut Custom Glass on 1300 937 902 Or DIY Frameless Glass on 1300 66 75 42