In a press statement, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in conjunction with Big Lots, announced the voluntary recall of the Microfiber Glider Recliners with Ottomans and Leather Glider Recliners with Ottomans due to the potential entrapment and finger crushing hazards that they pose to consumers.
The recall was initiated after an exposed gap between several moving parts of the chair and base framework was observed that could potentially allow access to toddlers and infants and pose an entrapment hazard. Other exposed parts on the products have been found to pose finger crushing and pinching hazards to older children and adults. The recall affects roughly 375,000 units of the Recliners and Ottomans. These products can be identified by the labels underneath the seats of the recliners that read “Donngguan Shindin Metal & Plastic Products Ltd.” There is also a smaller label on the front metal bar under the seat that reads “Maximum wt load 250lbs.” They were available at Big Lots stores across the nation from January 2005 through December 2009.
Consumers are being urged to immediately stop using the chairs and to contact the company to receive a free repair kit that will cover the base frame and hazardous moving parts.
As a Bellevue personal injury lawyer, I’ve seen recalls similar to this before and understand the potential dangers they pose to consumers. If you’ve been injured through the use of a defective product, it may be in your best interests to talk to a personal injury lawyer about your rights as a consumer.