(NEWSnet) — Fortress Safe recalled approximately 61,000 biometric gun safes following the shooting death of a 12-year-old boy, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced Thursday.

The recalled safe poses a serious safety hazard and risk of death due to a programming feature that can allow unauthorized users, including children, to access the safe and its potentially deadly contents, including firearms. 

CPSC noted a recent lawsuit alleging a 12-year-old boy had died from a firearm obtained from one of the safes. 

Additionally, the agency cited 39 incidents of safe owners reporting the product was accessed by unpaired fingerprints. 

The safes are manufactured in China and sold at retailers including Bass Pro Shops, Cabela's, Dick's Sporting Goods, Lowe's, and online at Amazon from January 2019 through October 2023 for between $44 and $290. 

The recalled safes include the following model numbers: 11B20, 44B10, 44B10L, 44B20, 55B20, 55B30, 55B30G, 4BGGBP and 55B30BP.

Owners of the gun safes should cease using the biometric features, remove the batteries from the safe, and only use the key for the recalled safes. Owners can contact the company to get instructions on disabling the biometric feature and to receive a free replacement safe.

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