May 23, 1996
Release # 96-130
|CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC, Golden Chair, and Allen Manufacturing
Announce Recliner Chair Recall
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Golden Chair of Houlka, Miss., and Allen
Manufacturing of Benton, Tenn., are announcing the recall of about 142,000 recliner chairs
because small children can get trapped or strangle in the recliners.
Children can get their heads caught and possibly strangle in recliners if the space
between the chair's seat and foot rest measures more than five inches wide. Since 1990,
two children have died and two others nearly strangled when children leaned forward on the
leg rest while their heads were caught between the chair seat and leg rest.
Golden Chair Inc. is recalling about 100,000 recliners and Allen Manufacturing is
recalling about 42,000 recliners that have a space between the chair seat and leg rest
measuring up to 6 inches wide. CPSC is not aware of injuries involving recliners made by
Golden Chair or Allen Manufacturing. These companies are conducting this recall to prevent
The furniture industry's guidelines for recliners, established in 1988 by the American
Furniture Manufacturers Association, specify that openings between the upholstered seat
and leg rest should measure five inches or less. The recliners involved in this recall do
not meet these guidelines.
Golden Chair recliners, which are upholstered in beige, blue, brown, or mauve fabric, can
be identified by a label stapled underneath the foot rest. The label identifies the
manufacturers as "Golden Chair, Inc." or "Golden Furniture Manufacturing
Co." The license number "Lic. No. NY 58770" may also appear on the label.
In addition, a serial number is attached to the wood rail visible under the chair when it
is in the fully reclined position.
Allen Manufacturing recliners, which are upholstered in fabric and vinyl in an assortment
of colors, can be identified by a label, #VA-9300Tn, attached to the bottom of the foot
Furniture stores nationwide sold the Golden Chair recliners from January 1987 to December
1995. Furniture stores nationwide sold the Allen Manufacturing recliners from January 1988
to December 1995.
Consumers who own Golden Chair or Allen Manufacturing recliners should measure the space
between the seat and foot rest. If the opening is greater than five inches, consumers
should stop using the chair immediately.
Consumers who own Golden Chair recliners should call the company at (800) 965-1277.
Consumers who own Allen Manufacturing recliners should call the company at (888) 338-0550.
The companies will send a free crossbar to attach between the seat and foot rest, which is
designed to reduce the space and prevent injuries to children. Prior to calling the
manufacturer, consumers should have measurements of both the width of the opening between
the chair seat and foot rest, and the distance between the mechanism that fastens the foot
rest to the chair.
Consumers should call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 to report other recliners not part
of this recall with spaces greater than 5 inches between the chair seat and foot rest
fully extended. Any recliner with large spacing presents an entrapment hazard to children.
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
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