Note: Health Canada's press release is available here.

Kennedy International Recalls Folding Step Stools Due to Fall Hazard

Three injuries reported after the folding step stools broke or collapsed unexpectedly while being used.

Recall date: May 10, 2012
Recall number: 12-171
  • Kennedy International 13-inch step stools

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    Kennedy International 13-inch step stools

  • Kennedy International 9-inch step stools

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    Kennedy International 9-inch step stools

Recall Summary

Name of product:

Folding Step Stools


The folding step stools can break or collapse unexpectedly when in use, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

Consumer Contact:

For additional information, contact Kennedy International toll-free at (855) 270-8301 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at

Report an Incident Involving this Product

Recall Details


About 1.6 million in the United States and 64,000 in Canada


This recall involves 9-inch and 13-inch Kennedy International folding step stools. The step stools are plastic and have a handle for carrying the stools when they are folded. The style number is 3575 for the 9-inch and 3576 for the 13-inch step stools. The style number is printed on a sticker on one of the legs of the stool. "Kennedy Home Collection" is also printed on a label on some of the stools. They were sold in the following colors: blue, green, gray, red, purple, pink, orange, turquoise, aqua, white, plum, orchid, emerald, sapphire, sangria, ocean, sage, fuchsia, lime and various color combinations.


Kennedy International is aware of at least 15 reports of incidents involving step stools cracking or breaking, including three reports of injuries to consumers using the stools. Injuries included two reports of back injuries and one report of a fractured leg.


Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled step stools and contact Kennedy International to receive a full refund.

Sold at

HomeGoods, Marshalls, TJ Maxx and other retailers nationwide from January 2010 through January 2012 for between $8 and $12.


Kennedy International Inc., of Dayton, N.J.

Manufactured in


  • Kennedy International 13-inch step stools

  • Kennedy International 9-inch step stools