|February 18, 2010
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: Easy-Fold and Easy-Store Step Stools
Units: About 13,000
Distributor: Kikkerland Design Inc., of New York, N.Y.
Hazard: The step stools can crack or break, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received nine reports of the stools cracking or breaking, resulting in four reports of injuries including ankle sprains and contusions.
Description: TThis recall involves Kikkerland Easy-Fold and Easy-Store step stools. The tops of the foldable step stools have white polka dots and were sold as a set of two, including 9-inch and 15-inch stools. The grey 9-inch stool has a sticker with model number ZZ09-GR on the front, and the brown 15-inch stool has a sticker with model number ZZ08-BR on the front. Only stools sold by QVC are included in this recall.
Sold exclusively by: QVC televised shopping programs and toll-free number, at www.qvc.com and at QVC retail stores in Minnesota and Pennsylvania from May 2009 through November 2009 for about $40.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled step stools. If the step stools were purchased at a QVC store, consumers should return the product to any QVC store to receive a full refund. Consumers who purchased the step stools through a QVC television program or qvc.com were mailed instructions on how to receive a refund.
Consumer Contact: For more information, contact QVC at (800) 367-9444 between 7 a.m. and 1 a.m. ET daily, or visit the firm's Web site at www.qvc.com
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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