|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 27, 2005
|Firm's Recall Hotline:(800) 251-7558
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: Juvenile Folding Chairs
Units: About 175,000
Manufacturer: Meco Corp., of Greeneville, Tenn.
Hazard: Children's fingers can become caught or entrapped in the hinge and slot areas of the chair, posing a pinch or cut hazard.
Note: In 2004, Meco recalled red-colored children's folding chairs because paint on the chair contained excessive lead levels, posing a lead poisoning hazard to young children.
Incidents/Injuries: CPSC and Meco are aware of three incidents. Two resulted in pinched fingers and there was one laceration to a child's finger.
Description: The recalled children's folding chairs have safety locks under the seat. The chairs are made of metal tubing with a vinyl padded seat and seat back. They were sold in red, blue, yellow and green colors as a part of a set consisting of a table and four chairs. Each chair is about 22-inches high, 10-inches wide, and about 11-inches deep. "Meco" or "Samsonite" is printed on the label underneath the seat bottom.
Sold at: Furniture and wholesale club stores nationwide from July 2003 through May 2005 for between $25 and $40.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the chairs and contact Meco for instructions on receiving a refund.
Consumer Contact: Consumers should call Meco at (800) 251-7558 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or e-mail Meco's customer service at email@example.com Consumers can also visit the company's Web site at www.meco.net
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