Defective Gate Closer Mechanism Recalled by Manufacturer

The mechanism can break and eject metal pieces or spray oil

Defective Gate Closer Mechanism Recalled by Manufacturer
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May 24, 2016

Rixson has announced a recall for a piece of outdoor equipment due to concerns over safety.

The company, a brand of Yale Security (owned by Assa Abloy), is recalling its Exterior Gate Closer Model 1350. The gate closer mechanism can break and eject metal pieces or can spray oil, posing a risk of injury. About 130 gate closers are included in the recall.

The manufacturer has received 15 reports worldwide of mechanisms breaking and ejecting metal objects, including three in the U.S. No injuries have been reported.

The affected gate closer is affixed to external gates and has a body that is approximately 6.5 inches long, with a sliding arm that is about three feet in width when extended. The unit is marked on the side of the body with MAB/ASSA ABLOY. The recall only includes units produced between January 2014 and December 2015. The unit's production date is stamped on the side of the gate closer body in a week/year format and can be accessed by removing the body's plastic housing.

Consumers could purchase these items at wholesale and hardware distributors from April 2015 through November 2015 for about $460.

Owners should immediately stop using the gate and contact Rixson for information on safely removing the arm from the gate closer and returning for a free replacement. Rixson is contacting consumers who bought the recalled product directly.

Customers with questions about this recall can contact Rixson at (866) 474-9766 (option 2).