Products manufactured according to substandard standards may inadvertently cause extensive injury or death to children and other family members, says Alabama liability attorney Keith T. Belt .
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with Kennedy International Inc., of Dayton, N.J., today announced a voluntary recall of Folding Step Stools. About 1.6 million units, manufactured in China, and sold in the United States with an additional 64,000 in Canada pose a fall hazard since the folding step stools can break or collapse unexpectedly when in use. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Kennedy International is aware of at least 15 reports of incidents involving step stools cracking or breaking, including three reports of injuries to consumers using the stools. Injuries included two reports of back injuries and one report of a fractured leg.
This recall involves 9-inch style number 3575 and 13-inch 3576 Kennedy International folding step stools. The style number is printed on a sticker on one of the legs of the stool. “Kennedy Home Collection” is also printed on a label on some of the stools. These step stools are plastic and have a handle for carrying the stools when they are folded. They were sold in the following colors: blue, green, gray, red, purple, pink, orange, turquoise, aqua, white, plum, orchid, emerald, sapphire, sangria, ocean, sage, fuchsia, lime and various color combinations.
Sold at HomeGoods, Marshalls, TJ Maxx and other retailers nationwide from January 2010 through January 2012 for between $8 and $12. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled step stools and contact Kennedy International to receive a full refund.