Frightening video of boy trapped in cooler prompts recall

Video shows a 5-year-old boy getting trapped in a cooler at his Florida home. (Photo: Robert Wanes via NBC)
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Igloo has issued a voluntary recall of some of its coolers after video was released showing a young boy getting trapped in one of its ice chests.

The recall of the Igloo Marine Elite coolers was announced jointly by Igloo and West Marine. It included five sizes of the cooler, the 54-quart, 72-quart, 94-quart, 110-quart and 150-quart models, NBC News reported.

The company said it was possible the steel latch could close inadvertently, trapping a person inside. The companies are working to send customers a free latch replacement kit "to easily and safely switch out the current latch," Igloo said.

The father of the 5-year-old Florida boy who was trapped posted video from home security cameras showing the incident. The video shows the boy playing when he climbs into the cooler and the lid closes.

Robert Wanes said his family heard "one of those screams when you know something is very wrong" and ran to look for Nicholas. Family members can be seen running into the room and looking around before the father opens the lid and the boy jumps out into a woman's arms.

"So we always see the good stuff and although this story ended well, hopefully there is something to be learned," Wanes, of Pompano Beach, Florida, wrote on his social media post. "My son Nicholas got locked inside an igloo cooler. He was playing by himself and thought it was a good idea."

Click here for more information about the recall and how to obtain a new latch kit.

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