All 120,000 gun safes, from 4 different companies, that were just recalled have one thing in common

Over 120 thousand gun safes from four different companies  – and all manufactured in China – have been recalled due to safety issues with locks.

Faulty biometric locks are being blamed for the recall which affects safes made by Bulldog Cases, Machir, MouTec and Awesafe, according to an announcement from the Consumer Product Safety Commission on Thursday.

The recall targeted models with the lock issues which would allow unauthorized users access to safes and their contents and could pose a “serious injury hazard and risk of death,” if firearms are stored inside, according to CPSC.

BULLDOG

Bulldog received “four reports of the safe being opened by an unauthorized user. No injuries have been reported,” according to the recall. This reportedly affects the Magnum Biometric Pistol Vault (BD4030B), Magnum Biometric Pistol Vault with Shelf (BD4040B) and Magnum Biometric Top Load Pistol Vault (BD4055B) models.

The targeted cases were sold for $194 to $216 at Bass Pro Shops, Walmart, gun stores nationwide as well as on Amazon from July 2016 to January 2024.

“Consumers should immediately stop using the biometric feature of the recalled safe, remove the batteries from the safe, and only use the key when storing firearms. Contact Bulldog to receive a repair kit or free replacement safe for consumers with the Magnum Biometric Pistol Vaults, or a free replacement safe for consumers with the Magnum Biometric Top Load Pistol Vaults,” the report noted.

MACHIR 

Nearly 25,000 personal safes made by Machir have been recalled, falling under a dozen different serial number ranges, after 15 reports of the safes “being opened by unauthorized users when the biometric lock failed to secure the safe.”

The specific models were sold for about $98 at Walmart stores as well as online at Walmart and Machir.com from July 2019 through September 2021.

“Contact Machir to receive instructions on disabling the biometric lock feature and on how to receive a free replacement safe. Consumers will be asked to disable the biometric reader and email a photo of the disabled biometric reader” to the company to get a free replacement, the recall notes.

MouTec

About 2,200 BBRKIN Biometric Gun Safe model number QCJJ01 were recalled with specific serial numbers ranging from SQC202121000 through SQC202247603.

“The firm received one report of the safe opened by an unauthorized user, a 6-year-old boy. No injuries have been reported,” according to the recall.

The affected safes were sold from September 2021 to February 2023 and only on Amazon, for about $170 to $400.

AWESAFE

The Awesafe company recalled 60,000 affected safes described as having a black exterior and being able to fit two pistols. The brand name “Awesafe” is on the front of the products.

“Consumers should immediately stop using the biometric feature, remove the batteries, and only use the key for the recalled safes to store firearms until they get the free replacement safe. Contact Awesafe to receive instructions on disabling the biometric feature and to receive a free replacement safe,” the recall notes.

The company reported “71 incidents of the recalled gun safes being opened by unauthorized users when the biometric lock failed to secure the safe. No injuries have been reported.”

The specific models were sold from August 2019 until December 7, 2022, for about $130 at Walmart stores as well as online at Amazon.com and Walmart.com.

Notably, every one of the companies listed that the products were manufactured in China.

The latest recall of safes due to faulty locks comes months after Fortress Safe issued a recall of over 60,000 safes over the fingerprint access technology being breached. The action in October came on the heels of the death of a 12-year-old boy.

 

Frieda Powers

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