July 25, 1996


Release # 96-172

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Now Products of Cicero, Ill., is announcing a recall to home repair approximately 20,000 foam chairs for children. Children can unzip the chair's fabric cover, exposing a thin, clear plastic liner, which could cause choking.

Now Products is aware of two incidents of children who removed the plastic from the furniture and placed the plastic in their mouth. One child required medical treatment.

The foam chairs measure 11 inches high, 11 inches wide, and 15.5 inches deep. The chair's fabric cover features pictures of animals and children's drawings. A white label which reads in part, "NOW PRODUCTS INC." and a zipper are located on the bottom of the chair.

Children's Chair

Department stores sold the chairs with matching ottomans and sofas nationwide from January 1994 through June 1996 for approximately $50.

Consumers should take the chairs away from children until the chairs have been repaired. For a free repair kit, consumers should call Now Products at (800) 535-3218, extension 33, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday.