|April 26, 2011
Heartland America Recalls Wooden Stools Due to Fall Hazard
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Wooden Stool
Units: About 5,850
Distributor: Heartland America, of Chaska, Minn.
Hazard: The legs and seat of the stool can crack and break, causing the consumer to fall.
Incidents/Injuries: Heartland has received 11 reports of incidents, including seven reports of injuries. Injuries include one person with a head laceration.
Description: The stool is an adjustable-height solid wood, 3-legged stool sold unassembled. The seat is 11 3/4-inch diameter. The stool height adjusts from 17 inches to 25 inches. A "Made in China" sticker is on the underside of the seat.
Sold at: Heartland America catalog and website for about $30 from June 2010 through February 2011
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the stool and return it to Heartland of America for a full refund. Heartland America is contacting its customers directly.
Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Heartland America at (800) 398-8163 Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT or visit the firm's website at www.heartlandamerica.com/stoolrecall
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