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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 1996

Release # 96-178
CPSC: Nychelle White
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1192

CPSC and Southern Sales and Marketing Group Announce Recall of Plastic Lawn Chairs

CPSC and Southern Sales and Marketing Group Announce Recall of Plastic Lawn ChairsWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Southern Sales and Marketing Group of Atlanta, Ga., is voluntarily recalling 900,000 plastic lawn chairs. The chair's rear legs lack rubber feet and may spread or break, causing the chair to collapse.

Southern Sales and Marketing Group is aware of 39 incidents involving these chairs, resulting in several injuries, ranging from minor bruises to back injuries.

The "Perla," "Althea," and "Malibu" styles of white plastic lawn chairs measure 22 inches deep, 22 inches wide, and 32 inches high. Each chair bears a sticker label on the front of the seat which lists the chair style as well as the manufacturer's name and address.

Grocery and home supply stores, including Winn Dixie, Cub Foods, and Scotty's, sold the lawn chairs nationwide from January 1992 through September 1995 for about $6. The 1996 styles of the chairs, which have rubber feet on the rear legs, are not being recalled.

Consumers should stop using the lawn chairs and return them to the store where purchased for a full refund or replacement. For more information about this recall, consumers should contact Southern Sales and Marketing Group at (800) 729-5033.

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 info@cpsc.gov.

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