At first glance, a recliner chair seems to be among the least dangerous pieces of household furniture. However, with manufacturing flaws or oversights, moving parts or gaps in the product become potential hazards to children and adults. Such was the case with a huge Big Lots recall of approximately 375,000 micro fiber and leather glider recliner chairs and ottomans by the Columbus, Ohio company.
According to a release by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), young children (infants and toddlers) can potentially crawl into an open space that separates functioning parts of the seat and become trapped. Additionally, other functioning devices of the recliner and ottoman may pinch or crush older user’s fingers, hands, or other extremities. The agency reported two accounts of kids under two years old who became stuck at the neck in between parts of the recliner. The CPSC said the two children did not suffer any lasting injuries as a result of the incidents.
The items were sold by Big Lots across the country between January 2005 and December 2009 for around $170. A label underneath the chair identifies the maker as Dongguan Shindin Metal & Plastic Products Ltd. The products were made in China. Consumers are instructed to immediately stop use of product and contact the manufacturer to obtain a complimentary repair kit. Manufacturers are required by law to provide consumers with safe products. If you or a family member has been injured by a dangerous product, call the Atlanta product liability attorneys with Wayne Grant at (866) 249-5513. Call for a complimentary consultation today.