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Target Recalls Step Stools with Storage Due to Fall Hazard

Note: This recall has been expanded

Hazard:
"The wooden step stools can break apart or collapse under the weight of the user, posing a fall hazard."
Remedy:
Refund
Recall Date:
August 04, 2011
Units:
"About 206,000"

Recall Details

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 4, 2011
Release #11-299
Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 440-0680

 

 

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: Step Stools with Storage

Units: About 206,000

Importer: Target Corporation, of Minneapolis, Minn.

Hazard: The wooden step stools can break apart or collapse under the weight of the user, posing a fall hazard.

Incidents/Injuries: Target has received 26 reports of the stools breaking or collapsing. Fourteen incidents involved children, seven involved adults, and five incidents where the user's age was unknown. Two adults fractured their wrists, and of those victims, one also fractured her hip and pelvis. Additionally, six children and one adult suffered scrapes and bruising.

Description: The wooden step stool has two steps and comes in various colors, including natural, natural and red, white and honey. The Circo step stool has a lid on the bottom step that lifts to provide storage. The Do Your Room (DYR) step stool has a lid on the top step that lifts to provide storage. The step stools measure approximately 13" H x 13 5/8" W x 14 1/8" D. The Circo brand name or DYR brand name and UPC numbers are printed on a label found underneath the step stool. The following step stools are included in this recall:

Step Stools With Storage
Brand NameStyle DescriptionUPC NumberSelling Period
Circo White step stool w/storage 490970403046 or
180970208597
June 2009-Feb 2010
Feb. 2010-Oct 2010
Circo Natural step stool w/storage 490970403053 or
180970208610
June 2009-Feb 2010
Feb. 2010-Oct 2010
Circo Natural & red step stool w/storage 490970403060 or
180970208665
June 2009-Feb 2010
Feb. 2010-Oct 2010
Do Your Room (DYR) Natural step stool w/storage 097168014338 Jan. 2007-Aug. 2009
Do Your Room (DYR) Honey step stool w/storage 390970402622 Jan. 2007-Aug. 2009

Sold exclusively at: Target stores nationwide and online at Target.com from January 2007 through October 2010 for between $25 and $30.

Manufactured in: China, Vietnam, Taiwan and Thailand

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the step stools and return them to any Target store to receive a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Target at (800) 440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.target.com

Picture of recalled wooden step stools

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