12 July 2006 — Bentonville(AR): A US federal safety agency has announced the recall of over 750,000 office chairs sold exclusively by Wal-Mart.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission(CPSC) said that the legs and back of the Mainstays Associate Office Chairs, manufactured in China and imported by Wal-Mart, pose a risk of break or tipping over, which could result in an injury.
It is reported that Wal-Mart has received nine reports of chairs breaking and two cases of tipping over. The company is aware of seven reports of injury, including one broken wrist.
The voluntary recall involves all models of the Mainstays Associate office chair with a 5-star nylon base with dual wheel casters and pneumatic seat height adjustment. The chair has a fabric cushioned seat and back that is black or grey in colour. Its armrests are shaped in half-circle loops and under the seat is a UPC Code Label #9501401610 with printed Model #VCR1022.
Wal-Mart said its US stores had exclusively sold the chairs nationwide from April 2003 to April 2006 for about $36. Customers are warned to immediately stop using the faulty chairs and return it to a Wal-Mart store for a full refund.