|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
July 11, 2006
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 925-6278
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: Mainstays Associate Office Chairs
Units: About 762,000
Importer/Retailer: Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark.
Hazard: The legs and backs of these chairs can break, and the chairs can easily tip over, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Wal-Mart has received nine reports of chairs breaking and two reports of tipping. There have been seven reported injuries, including a broken wrist.
Description: The recall involves the Mainstays Associate office chair with a 5-star nylon base with dual wheel casters and pneumatic seat height adjustment. The chair has a fabric cushioned seat and back that is black/grey in color. The armrests are shaped in half-circle loops. Under the seat is a UPC Code Label #9501401610 with printed Model #VCR1022.
Sold at: Wal-Mart stores exclusively nationwide from April 2003 through April 2006 for about $36.
Manufactured In: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the product and return it to Wal-Mart for a full refund
Consumer Contact: For more information, call Wal-Mart at (800) 925-6278 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit their Web site at www.walmartstores.com
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