|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 25, 2006
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 925-6278
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
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Wal-Mart Recalls Home Trends Footstools for Collapse Hazard
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: Home Trends Wood Footstools
Units: About 165,000
Importer: Wal-Mart Stores Inc., of Bentonville, Ark.
Hazard: Due to improper construction, the stool can break and collapse, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Wal-Mart has received nine reports of the footstools breaking. There have been seven reports of injuries, including a broken toe, neck and shoulder soreness, cuts, bruises, swelling, a slight concussion, and whiplash.
Description: The footstool is a natural-colored wood footstool. The standing surface is 11 1/2-inches by 11 1/2-inches with a 4-inch-long oval opening in the center. The stool is 11 1/2-inches tall. The recalled footstool can be identified by a white sticker underneath the step that contains the UPC number 87065900001.
Sold at: Wal-Mart stores exclusively nationwide from December 2005 through September 2006 for about $10.
Manufactured in: Malaysia
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the product and return it to Wal-Mart for a full refund.
Consumer Contact: Call Wal-Mart toll free at (800) 925-6278 between 7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit www.walmartstores.com for more information.
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