About 1.4 million office chairs are being recalled this week by Office Depot because of a seat plate defect that has been linked to various injuries, including on instance of a fractured back and hip. Other consumer products recalled this week include smoke alarms, play sets, and portable bed handles.
Here's a more detailed look:
DETAILS: Office Depot Gibson Leather Task Chairs. The affected chairs have the SKU number 105479 and the registration numbers PA 27248 (CN), PA 25498 (CN), PA 25276 (HK) or CA 35181 (RC) that can be found next to the words "Made in China" which is printed on a label located on the underside of the seats. They were sold Office Depot retail stores and online from 2003 through 2012.
WHY: The mounting plate weld can break and separate the seat from the base of the chair, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
INCIDENTS: 153 reports of the seat plate weld cracking or breaking, including 25 reports of contusions, abrasions and reports of injuries to the head, neck and a fractured back and hip which required medical attention.
HOW MANY: About 1.4 million.
FOR MORE: Call Office Depot at 866-403-3763 or visit www.officedepot.com and select Recall Notices under "Customer Service" at the bottom of the page for more information.
PORTABLE BED HANDLES
DETAILS: Adult portable bed handles sold by Bed Handles Inc., which don't have safety retention straps to secure the bed handle to the bed frame to keep the bed handle from shifting out of place and creating a dangerous gap. Recalled models include the Original Bedside Assistant (BA10W), the Travel Handles (BA11W) which is sold as a set of two bed handles, and the Adjustable Bedside Assistant (AJ1). They were sold by home health care stores, drug stores and medical equipment stores nationwide and in home and health care catalogs from January 1994 through December 2007.
WHY: When attached to an adult's bed without the use of safety retention straps, the handle can shift out of place, creating a dangerous gap between the bed handle and the side of the mattress. This poses a serious risk of entrapment, strangulation and death.
INCIDENTS: Three women died after becoming entrapped between the mattress and the bed handles. They include an elderly woman, age unknown, who died in an Edina, Minnesota assisted living facility; a 41-year-old disabled woman who died in a Renton, Washington adult family home; and an 81-year-old woman who died in a Vancouver, Washington managed care facility.
HOW MANY: About 113,000.
FOR MORE: Call Bed Handles at 800-725-6903 or visit http://bedhandles.com/recall.html.