Whalen Recalls Stainless Steel Tool Chests Due to Laceration Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Costco (Recall Alert)

Injuries, including cuts requiring stitches, have been reported with the recalled 72-inch tool chests.

Recall date: April 10, 2014
Recall number: 14-729
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Recall Summary

Name of product:

Stainless steel tool chests

Hazard:

The inside of the right door has a metal stopper or flange with a sharp edge running the length of the door, which poses a laceration hazard.

Consumer Contact:

Whalen toll-free at (866) 942-5362 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online at www.whalenstorage.com and click on “Recalls” for more information.

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Recall Details

Units

About 20,000

Description

The recalled tool chests are about 72 inches long, 37½ inches high and 19 inches deep. They are made of stainless steel with a 1½ inch thick wooden block top and with ten storage drawers on the left and center in a variety of heights. The right side has a cabinet with shelves and peg board to hang tools on the inside of the door. The chest stands on swivel caster wheels and has handles on each end that can be used to move the unit. Whalen item number WSMTB72 and Costco item number 496675 are printed in the assembly instructions.

Incidents/Injuries

Whalen has received 11 reports of injuries, including nine reports of minor cuts caused by the sharp-edged flange and two reports of cuts requiring stitches.

Remedy

Consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact Whalen for a free  repair kit that includes a protective cover for the flange. Whalen is contacting all purchasers directly.

Sold exclusively at

Costco Wholesale Corp. from March 2010 through October 2013 for between $500 and $550.

Manufacturer

Whalen Furniture Manufacturing, of San Diego, Calif.

Manufactured in

China

  • Whalen 72 inch tool chest

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