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September 22, 1995

Release # 95-172
CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580, Ext. 1187

CPSC, Allibert Inc. Announce Recall of Patio Chairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Allibert Inc. of Huntsville, N.C., is recalling approximately 5,600 "Canasta" and "Corolia" multi-position resin patio chairs. The seat and back of these chairs may not lock or remain locked in position as intended, which could cause the chair to break or collapse during use.

Allibert Inc. is aware of 33 incidents of chairs collapsing in the United States. Although no injuries were reported in the U.S., the company is aware of three injuries that occurred in England. The most severe injury was a broken arm.

The multi-position resin chairs were sold individually and as part of a patio furniture set in three colors: white, green and gray granite. Canasta chairs, model number 42216, have mesh seat backs. The backs of Corolia chairs, model number 42166, are composed of nine vertical slats which each measure 1.25 inches wide. The chairs were distributed from October 1994 to September 1995 in retail stores primarily in the northeastern United States and can be identified by the name Allibert Inc., which is labeled on the cross bar of the front legs.

Consumers should contact Allibert at (800) 258-5619, extension 231, to have their chair picked up free of charge by United Parcel Service (UPS). Allibert will send consumers a replacement chair that matches accessories sold with the original chair, or a refund of the purchase price.

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