|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 5, 2007
Firm's Recall Hotline: (877) 732-8252
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Ameriwood Industries Inc., of Tiffin, Ohio is voluntarily recalling about 138,000 entertainment centers.
The entertainment centers can collapse if the back panel is not secure, posing a risk of death or serious injury to consumers.
The firm has received a report of a fatality when the entertainment center collapsed on a 19 month old child. The firm has received three other reports of minor injuries involving the entertainment center.
The recalled entertainment centers are black with two lower miter-framed doors, two glass doors at the top, and CD storage racks. They measure about 54 inches wide, 71 inches high, and 20 inches deep. They were sold under the Ridgewood/Charleswood brand name. Model number 93956 is printed on the instruction manual.
They were sold at mass merchandisers nationwide, including K-Mart stores, from June 2000 through May 2005 for about $200. The entertainment centers were manufactured in the United States.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled entertainment centers and contact Ameriwood to receive a free support panel repair kit.
For additional information, contact Ameriwood toll-free at (877) 732-8252 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.ameriwood.com
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