FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 1997
Release # 97-137
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Tropitone Furniture Co. Inc. of Irvine, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 53,200 chaise lounge chairs with nylon ratchets. The nylon ratchets, which control the headrest's height, can break after repeated use, causing the headrest to collapse. Consumers can be injured if they reach behind the headrest to adjust its height and place their fingers between the headrest frame and the chaise bed. If the nylon ratchets are broken, the headrest can forcefully collapse trapping and injuring fingers.
Tropitone is aware of more than 100 reports of the headrest collapsing, resulting in finger injuries including pinches, lacerations, fractures, separations, and amputations of finger tips. One neck and back injury was also reported.
The chaise lounge chairs involved in this recall are marketed under the following model names and numbers.
(width x length x height)
|24" x 77.5" x 41.5"|
|Verrazano||4332||1987-1992||27.5" x 78.5" x 39.75"|
|Cotillion||4032||1986-1987||29" x 81.75" x 42"|
|Cayman||5932||1989-April 1992||27.5" x 80" x 44"|
|Colony||4932||1987-1991||29.75" x 80" x 42"|
|Seychelle||4432||1986-April 1992||25" x 79" x 40"|
The chaise lounge chairs have an aluminum frame with vinyl straps covering the frame. The frame and straps are available in a variety of colors. "Tropitone" and the manufacturing date are printed on a label on the underside of the chaise lounge chair. There are no other identification marks on the chaise lounge chair.
Specialty furniture stores nationwide sold the chaise lounge chairs to consumers from 1985 through 1993 for about $300 to $400. Most chaise lounge chairs were sold to commercial customers including hotels, motels, resorts, clubs, and apartment, condominium, or other home owner associations.
Consumers should stop using the Tropitone chaise lounge chairs with the nylon ratchet assemblies immediately and contact Tropitone at (800) 654-7000, extension 4099 for information about receiving a new chaise lounge chair. Commercial customers should call the toll-free number or contact their sales representatives for applicable recall information.
Tropitone chaise lounge chairs with aluminum ratchets are not involved in this recall.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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