May 11, 2007
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. 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: Berkline Heated Massage Recliners
Units: About 1,700
Manufacturer: Berkline Benchcraft LLC, of Morristown, Tenn.
Hazard: The control device that adjusts the heat and massage settings can overheat, posing a burn hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Berkline has received three reports of the control device overheating. No injuries have been reported.
Description: This recall involves the Berkline heated massage recliners with model number 13071 and piece code number 2700. The brand name, the model number, and the piece code can be found on the bill of sale and/or product packaging. The recliners were sold in brown and burgundy.
Sold at: Exclusively at Value City Furniture and American Signature Furniture stores nationwide from December 2006 through February 2007 for about $400.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should stop using these recliners immediately and contact Value City Furniture or American Signature Furniture to have the recliner removed and to receive a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Berkline Benchcraft at (800) 717-7091 anytime or visit the firm's Web site at www.berkline.com
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