June 3, 1997
Release # 97-137
|CPSC: Ken Giles
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184
CPSC and Tropitone Announce Recall of Chaise
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Tropitone
Furniture Co. Inc. of Irvine, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 53,200 chaise lounge
chairs with nylon ratchets. The nylon ratchets, which control the headrest's height, can
break after repeated use, causing the headrest to collapse. Consumers can be injured if
they reach behind the headrest to adjust its height and place their fingers between the
headrest frame and the chaise bed. If the nylon ratchets are broken, the headrest can
forcefully collapse trapping and injuring fingers.
Tropitone is aware of more than 100 reports of the headrest collapsing, resulting in
finger injuries including pinches, lacerations, fractures, separations, and amputations of
finger tips. One neck and back injury was also reported.
The chaise lounge chairs involved in this recall are marketed under the following model
names and numbers.
(width x length x height)
|24" x 77.5" x 41.5"
||27.5" x 78.5" x 39.75"
||29" x 81.75" x 42"
||27.5" x 80" x 44"
||29.75" x 80" x 42"
||25" x 79" x 40"
The chaise lounge chairs have an aluminum frame with vinyl straps covering the frame. The
frame and straps are available in a variety of colors. "Tropitone" and the
manufacturing date are printed on a label on the underside of the chaise lounge chair.
There are no other identification marks on the chaise lounge chair.
Specialty furniture stores nationwide sold the chaise lounge chairs to consumers from 1985
through 1993 for about $300 to $400. Most chaise lounge chairs were sold to commercial
customers including hotels, motels, resorts, clubs, and apartment, condominium, or other
home owner associations.
Consumers should stop using the Tropitone chaise lounge chairs with the nylon ratchet
assemblies immediately and contact Tropitone at (800) 654-7000, extension 4099 for
information about receiving a new chaise lounge chair. Commercial customers should call
the toll-free number or contact their sales representatives for applicable recall
Tropitone chaise lounge chairs with aluminum ratchets are not involved in this recall.
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