Products manufactured with inadequate or substandard materials may inadvertently cause extensive injury to its owner, says Alabama liability attorney Keith T. Belt .
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Target Corporation, of Minneapolis, Minn., announced a voluntary recall of the following Step Stools with Storage. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. These step stools were sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide and online at Target.com from January 2007 through October 2010 for between $25 and $30. About 206,000 units were manufactured in China, Vietnam, Taiwan and Thailand.
The wooden step stools can break apart or collapse under the weight of the user, posing a fall hazard and todate Target has received 26 reports of the stools breaking or collapsing. Fourteen incidents involved children, seven involved adults, and five incidents where the user’s age was unknown. Two adults fractured their wrists, and of those victims, one also fractured her hip and pelvis. Additionally, six children and one adult suffered scrapes and bruising.
The wooden step stool has two steps and comes in various colors, including natural, natural and red, white and honey. The Circo step stool has a lid on the bottom step that lifts to provide storage. The Do Your Room (DYR) step stool has a lid on the top step that lifts to provide storage. The step stools measure approximately 13″ H x 13 5/8″ W x 14 1/8″ D. The Circo brand name or DYR brand name and UPC numbers are printed on a label found underneath the step stool. The following step stools are included in this recall:
Step Stools With Storage
|Brand Name||Style Description||UPC Number||Selling Period|
|Circo||White step stool w/storage||490970403046 or 180970208597||June 2009-Feb 2010 Feb. 2010-Oct 2010|
|Circo||Natural step stool w/storage||490970403053 or 180970208610||June 2009-Feb 2010 Feb. 2010-Oct 2010|
|Circo||Natural & red step stool w/storage||490970403060 or 180970208665||June 2009-Feb 2010 Feb. 2010-Oct 2010|
|Do Your Room (DYR)||Natural step stool w/storage||097168014338||Jan. 2007-Aug. 2009|
|Do Your Room (DYR)||Honey step stool w/storage||390970402622||Jan. 2007-Aug. 2009|
Consumers should immediately stop using the step stools and return them to any Target store to receive a full refund. For additional information, contact Target at (800) 440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s website at www.target.com.