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April 17, 1995

Release # 95-102
CPSC: Rick Frost
(301) 504-0580, Ext. 1166

CPSC, Kmart Corp. Announce Desk Chair Recall

WASHINGTON, DC - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Kmart Corporation of Troy, Mich., is recalling 148,990 desk chairs. The chair's seat post may unexpectedly separate from the pedestal base, causing someone sitting in the chair to fall.

Consumers can identify the recalled chairs by Kmart product code 21-86-61, item code 010218661114, printed on the outside of the retail carton. The chairs do not have an item number printed on them. The chair, which Kmart sold nationwide from July 1993 to March 1995 for $29.99, was packaged unassembled in a cardboard box labeled in part "BASIC DESIGNS ADJUSTABLE OFFICE CHAIR *** MADE IN TAIWAN".

The gray upholstered rotary desk chair has a non-tilt seat and fixed back. The seat is attached to a five-prong metal pedestal base by a one-inch wide steel rod. There are two wheel casters on each prong of the pedestal base. The Kmart Corporation reported this hazard to CPSC after receiving seven reports of the seat unexpectedly detaching from the pedestal base.

Consumers who own these chairs should stop using them immediately and return the chairs to any K-mart store for a refund. Replacement chairs will be available after May 15, 1995. Consumers who need more information about this recall should contact any Kmart store.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information or report product hazards to