November 26, 1997
Release # 98-033
|CPSC: Mark Ross
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1188
CPSC, Kmart Announce Recall to Repair Patio
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Kmart Corp. of Troy, Mich., is announcing
a recall to inspect and repair about 148,000 wrought-iron patio rocking chairs sold under
the brand name "Gables." If assembled improperly, the rocking chairs can
collapse, causing its occupant to fall.
Kmart is aware of 84 reports of the rocking chairs collapsing, resulting in 80 injuries.
One injury involved a cut to the head requiring three stitches. The remaining injuries
included several reports of back pain and numerous reports of bruises. All but one of the
incidents occurred when consumers sat on a display model of the chair in a Kmart store.
The "Gables" wrought-iron rocking chairs have a green textured finish, and are
sold as part of a five-piece patio set that includes a 54-inch oval table and four
high-back chairs with spring-rocker function. The Kmart item number is 21-34-59 and the
UPC code for the patio set is 018866001024. These numbers can be located on hang tags
found on the set when sold and customer receipts.
Kmart stores nationwide sold these
rocking chairs from September 1996 through August 1997. The five- piece set sold for about
Consumers should check the positions of the rocking chairs' four bolts, located under the
seats, to determine if their chairs have been assembled properly:
- The bolts located toward the back of the chair
should fit all the way in the drilled hole.
- The bolt located toward the front part of the
chair, closest to the rocker coil, should stick out about 1/16 inch.
- Be certain to check that all four bolts on the
chair are tight.
If consumers need further help or
have any questions about the chair assembly, they should call the manufacturer, Compex
International at (800) 288-0918 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST Monday through Friday.
If consumers are not satisfied after inspecting their chairs, they can return the entire
five-piece set to their nearest Kmart location for a refund. For more information,
consumers should call Kmart at (800) 63KMART anytime.
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