December 21, 2001
Kohler Has Recalled Shower Doors
- Kohler Co.
has recalled about
41,000 shower doors. The door hinges can fail, causing the shower door to
fall and injure nearby consumers.
Kohler has received 11 reports of hinges failing and shower doors falling,
including one report of minor injuries, such as cuts and scratches from
sharp edges on the door's frame.
The recalled shower doors include the Kohler Helios and Sterling Freestyle
models made from January 1997 through September 2001. The hinges on the
Helios and Freestyle models operate in a unique way which allows the doors
to swing back and forth. The door panels can retract side to side without
the use of anchored track guides common to many shower doors. The shower
doors were distributed for shower enclosure and bathtub applications in both
single and double door configurations in a variety of sizes. They were sold
in chrome, brass and white frame finishes, and with a variety of glass
Home centers, showrooms, plumbers and building contractors sold the Kohler
and Sterling doors nationwide from January 1997 through October 2001. The
suggested list price started at about $440.
Consumers should stop using the shower doors immediately and contact Kohler
to receive a replacement door. For more information, consumers can contact
Kohler at (866) 782-6329 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday
or visit the firm's web address at www.kohler.com/doorrecall (this is a pdf