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June 5, 1996

Release # 96-141
CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC and Thayer Coggin Inc. Announce Furniture Recall

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Thayer Coggin Inc. of High Point, N.C., is recalling approximately 1,100 chairs, recliners, couches, and settees. The furniture may break and injure consumers if it collapses.

Thayer Coggin has received one report of its Sency model chair breaking and one report of its Premier model recliner breaking. The company also is aware of three reports of people who received cuts requiring stitches from the sharp edges underneath its Kingsley model recliner.

Thayer Coggin and commercial furniture dealers sold the chairs, recliners, couches, and settees primarily for institutional use in hospital and medical waiting rooms and reception areas. The following furniture is involved in this recall:

Name Description Model Numbers/Items Price Dates Sold
Signature wood frame furniture model 5415 chairs $1,400-1,600 1993-95
Collection models 5416 and 6161 loveseats $1,800-2,100
model 5417 sofas $3,700-4,100
model 6160 chairs, gang seating $4,300-4,500
Sency metal frame chairs models 1039 stacking chairs $420 1995
Forte metal frame furniture model 1091-2S settees $1,500-1,700 1994-95
Premier I and II recliner chairs model 1095 (on casters only) $1,900-2,200 1994-95
model 1045W Forte Wallsaver
(on casters only)
Kingsley recliner chair models 1015 and 5045 $1,800-2,375 1993-96

Problems associated with the above brands of recalled furniture are as follows: Signature wood frame furniture can loosen, becoming shaky if the furniture's arm structure weakens; Sency metal frame chairs have defective welds causing the legs to bend; Forte metal frame furniture has a metal support piece that can bend out of shape; Premier recliners have a metal support bar that could bend out of shape if the footrest is improperly pressed down by someone other than the person sitting in the chair; and Kingsley recliners have sharp edges under the footrest that have cut three people who were reaching under the footrests, contrary to manufacturer's instructions.

Offices and institutions should remove the furniture and call Thayer Coggin to arrange for a free repair or, if necessary, replacement. For more information about this recall, consumers should call Thayer Coggin at (910) 841-6000 or write to the company at 230 South Road, High Point, N.C. 27262.

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 report product hazards to