Rocking Chairs Sold at Wal-Mart Recalled for Fall Hazard After 45 Reports of Injuries

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 2006
Release #06-117
Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 925-6278
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

 

Rocking Chairs Sold at Wal-Mart Recalled for Fall Hazard After 45 Reports of Injuries

 

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. 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 Love Seat Rocker and Porch Rocker

Units: About 643,000

Importer: Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark.

Hazard: Poor construction and over-curvature of the chair's runners can cause instability, imbalance, fracturing of the wood, and tip-over during use. This poses a fall hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Wal-Mart has received 55 incident reports including 45 injuries. Those injuries include a cut in the leg requiring 16 stitches, a slight concussion, fractured ribs, wrist and cervical/lumbar sprains, upper back injuries, a pinched nerve, a shoulder joint tear, and one incident in which a pregnant woman began having contractions after the display chair in which she was sitting flipped over backwards. Many of the injuries occurred on display models in Wal-Mart stores.

Description: The recall involves three models of rocking chairs, the Mainstays Love Seat Rocker (Model IT-13380) and the Mainstays Porch Rocker (Model IT-13379 and IT-13270). The Love Seat Rocker is wooden, white and seats two persons. The back support frame and the seat are made of slats. "Made in China" is printed on a sticker under the seat. The wooden Porch Rocker is sold in white and "natural" (light brown) color and seats only one person. "Made in Indonesia" is printed on a sticker under the Porch Rocker's seat. They sit on curved runners. The model number is printed on the rocker's packaging.

Sold Exclusively At: Wal-Mart stores nationwide and on Wal-Mart's Web site. The Love Seat Rockers were sold from May 2004 through September 2005 for about $100. The Porch Rockers were sold from April 2004 through March 2006 for about $50.

Manufactured in: China and Indonesia

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these rocking chairs and return them to Wal-Mart for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Wal-Mart at (800) 925-6278 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit Wal-Mart's Web site at www.walmart.com

 

 

Wal-Mart Porch Rocker
Picture of Recalled Rocking Chair

Wal-Mart Porch Rocker
Picture of Recalled Rocking Chair

Wal-Mart Love Seat Rocker
Picture of Recalled Rocking Chair