|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 26, 2004
|Firm's Hotline: (800) 866-8520
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
CPSC, Rio Brands Announce Recall of Folding Lawn Chairs Sold at Wal-Mart
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firms below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of product: Mainstays Garden Folding Lawn Chair
Units: About 20,700
Manufacturer: Rio Brands, of Philadelphia, Pa.
Hazard: The chair arms can break, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Wal-Mart has received 26 incident reports involving broken plastic arms. In 17 of these incidents, consumers have reported injuries such as a fractured wrist, torn ligament, minor back injuries, bruises and abrasions.
Description: The recalled folding lawn chairs have green plastic arms with green steel folding frames or blue plastic arms with blue folding steel frames. They are constructed of matching vinyl webbing. The chairs measure 31-inches high and 22.5-inches wide. The left hand arm of the chairs has the word "RIO" on it. Only the chairs with green or blue plastic arms are included in this recall.
Sold exclusively at: Wal-Mart stores nationwide from January 2004 through March 2004 for about $8.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the product and return the chairs to Wal-Mart for a refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, call Rio Brands customer service at (800) 866-8520 between 8:30 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit their Web site at www.riobrands.com or visit Wal-Mart's Web site at
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals - contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
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