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July 25, 1996

Release # 96-172
CPSC: Nikki   White
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192

CPSC, Now Products Announce Recall To Repair Children's Chair

CPSC, Now Products Announce Recall To Repair Children's ChairWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Now Products of Cicero, Ill., is announcing a recall to home repair approximately 20,000 foam chairs for children. Children can unzip the chair's fabric cover, exposing a thin, clear plastic liner, which could cause choking.

Now Products is aware of two incidents of children who removed the plastic from the furniture and placed the plastic in their mouth. One child required medical treatment.

The foam chairs measure 11 inches high, 11 inches wide, and 15.5 inches deep. The chair's fabric cover features pictures of animals and children's drawings. A white label which reads in part, "NOW PRODUCTS INC." and a zipper are located on the bottom of the chair.

Ames Department stores sold the chairs with matching ottomans and sofas nationwide from January 1994 through June 1996 for approximately $50.

Consumers should take the chairs away from children until the chairs have been repaired. For a free repair kit, consumers should call Now Products at (800) 535-3218, extension 33, between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Central time, Monday through Friday.

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