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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 3, 1997

Release # 97-137
CPSC: Ken Giles
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184

CPSC and Tropitone Announce Recall of Chaise Lounge Chairs

CPSC and Tropitone Announce Recall of Chaise Lounge ChairsWASHINGTON, 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.

Model
Name
Model
No.
Date
Manufactured
Dimensions
(width x length x height)
TropiKai 935
935HYA
1985-1991
1991-April 1992
24" x 77.5" x 41.5"
Verrazano 4332 1987-1992 27.5" x 78.5" x 39.75"
Cotillion 4032 1986-1987 29" x 81.75" x 42"
Cayman 5932 1989-April 1992 27.5" x 80" x 44"
Colony 4932 1987-1991 29.75" x 80" x 42"
Seychelle 4432 1986-April 1992 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 information.

Tropitone chaise lounge chairs with aluminum ratchets are not involved in this recall.

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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