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Kennedy International Recalls Folding Step Stools Due to Fall Hazard

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

  • Kennedy International 13-inch step stools
  • Kennedy International 9-inch step stools
Name of Product:
Folding Step Stools
Hazard:

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

Remedy:
Refund
Recall Date:
May 10, 2012
Units:
About 1.6 million in the United States and 64,000 in Canada
Consumer Contact

For additional information, contact Mr. Vishal Parekh at 732-654-3822 or email at vishal@kennedy-intl.com

Recall Details

Description:

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.

Remedy:

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

Incidents/Injuries:

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.

Sold At

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

Manufactured In:
China
Recall number:
12-171
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