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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 20, 1999

Release # 99-114
CONTACT: Jane Francis
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

SAUDER CONTACTS: Loren Roth and Susan Dountas
(419) 446-2711

CPSC, Sauder Woodworking Co. Announce Recall of Television Carts

CPSC, Sauder Woodworking Co. Announce Recall of Television CartsWASHINGTON, D.C. (SafetyAlerts) - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Sauder Woodworking Co., of Archbold, Ohio, is recalling about 2 million television carts. The carts can tip over and injure children and adults when the cart and the television fall. Sauder has received 13 reports of these carts tipping over and the television falling. Two injuries have been reported. A 3-year-old girl suffered a skull fracture, and an adult woman suffered a bump to the head and a cut finger.

The television carts being recalled are brown oak (model 5155), black oak (model 5055) or white oak (model 5251). The model number is not on the cart, but it is on the instruction booklet that came with the cart. Most of the carts have the name "Sauder" on the casters or on a metal plate on the inside of the cart's door. The carts measure 29.5 inches wide, 25 inches high with casters and 15.5 inches deep. The carts can hold a television and a VCR. The shelf holding the television swivels, and there is a bottom shelf with hinged double doors.

Discount stores, home centers and furniture stores nationwide sold these television carts from March 1989 through September 1998 for about $35 to $49. The carts were sold ready-to-assemble.

Consumers should remove their televisions and VCR's from the carts immediately and call Sauder toll-free at (888) 800-4590 between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday or access their web site at www.sauder.com. Sauder will help consumers identify if their cart is part of this recall, and send them a free repair kit. The repair kit will help prevent the cart from tipping over.

To order a free repair kit, call Sauder toll-free at (888) 800-4590 between 7 AM and 11 PM EDT Monday - Friday or send an email to recall@sauder.com.  Please include the following information:

Name
Street Address (No P.O. Boxes)
Apt. or Suite #
City
State/Province
Zip
Country
Phone Number

And required model number.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from 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 obtain this release and recall information or report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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