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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 3, 1997

Release # 98-022
CPSC: Nicolette Humphries
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1185

CPSC, Kmart Announce Recall of Garden Chairs

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) Kmart Corp. of Troy, Mich., is recalling about 205,000 Sling Garden Chairs. The chairs can unexpectedly collapse and injure consumers.

Kmart has received 10 reports of these chairs collapsing. Six reports involve finger tip amputations and crushed fingers when consumers' fingers were caught in the folding arm of the chairs as they collapsed. Two reports involve reports of back pain when consumers fell to the floor.

The chairs consist of a white metal frame with a seat made of a striped vinyl fabric. The striped seat is available in the following colors: royal blue/white, navy blue/white, orange/lime, lime/orange and hunter green/white. The arm rests of these chairs are colored to match the seats. The chairs measure about 34 inches high and 22 inches wide. A white label on the back of the chairs reads, "MADE IN CHINA." The chairs had a cardboard hang tag labeled, "SLING GARDEN CHAIR...KMART"

Kmart stores nationwide sold these chairs from February 1997 through September 1997 for about $13.

Consumers should stop using these chairs immediately and return them to the nearest Kmart store for a refund. For more information about this recall, consumers should contact Kmart at (800) 63KMART or access Kmart's web site at www.kmart.com.

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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