FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE  
June 15, 1988  
Release # 88-041
 

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- In conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Maxton Industries/Cox Furniture, Inc. of Maxton, N.C., today announced a voluntary recall of the firm's wooden, convertible ladder/chair. The ladder/chair was sold by three catalog companies; Swiss Colony, J.C. Penney and Spiegel.

The Commission is aware of 24 incidents in which either the steps of the ladder/chair split or the hinges pulled away from the wood causing users to fall or stumble. The 24 incidents involved 13 injuries which included a broken elbow, several cuts and multiple bruises. Another problem is the inherent instability of the product when climbing the ladder. The step placement and arrangement, and the structural design can cause the user to lose balance and fall.

Approximately, 4,500 wooden, convertible ladder/chairs were distributed and sold nationwide through Swiss Colony, J.C. Penney and Spiegel catalog companies from October, 1984 through July, 1987. The catalog companies' reference numbers are as follows:

- Spiegel's catalogue no: #N7910 7376T

- Swiss Colony's catalogue no: #3047

- J.C. Penney's catalogue no: #783-2736

The ladder/chair involved in this recall has a warning label on the top step of the ladder. A picture of the ladder chair and the warning label is attached for easy identification.

Consumers should remove these ladder/chairs from use immediately and return them by mail or in person to the retailer where purchased for a refund. Consumers will be reimbursed for mailing cost in addition to the retail price of the item. For further information concerning this recall, consumers can call Maxton Industries/Cox Furniture, Inc. collect at l-919-844-3501.

Convertible Ladder/Chair Recalled

Picture of a Convertible Ladder-Chair as a ChairPicture of a Convertible Ladder-Chair as a Ladder and its Warning Label