October, 11 2001
Palliser Furniture Recalls Toy Boxes
Manitoba, Canada (SafetyAlerts)
- Palliser Furniture Ltd. is recalling about 4,500 toy boxes. The toy box's
lid can fall suddenly, posing entrapment and strangulation hazards to young
children. In addition, spaces at the end of the hinge on the lid can cause
pinched, crushed and lacerated fingers.
The toy chest voluntary standard requires toy boxes or chests with hinged
lids to have lid supports that keep the lid from falling suddenly onto the
head of a child, preventing an entrapment and strangulation hazard. The
hinges also must minimize any spaces that could allow a child's finger to be
pinched, crushed or lacerated.
CPSC and Palliser Furniture Ltd. have not received any reports of injuries
or incidents involving these toy boxes. This recall is being conducted to
prevent the possibility of injuries.
All the toy boxes have a manufacturer's label inside or on the back with "Palliser"
and the model number written on it. The model numbers are: 580-283, 581-283,
582-283, 583-283, 584-283, 589-283 and 598-283. The toy boxes measure about
36-inches long by 19-inches wide and 21-inches high. They have the following
finishes: white with small color inserts in the knobs or with large color
inserts on the front panel; natural maple or natural maple with white, denim
or green front panels; and natural cherry.
Furniture stores nationwide and in Canada sold these toy boxes from July
1999 through August 2001 for about $150 (about $200 CAD). Consumers should
stop children from using these toy boxes immediately, and contact Palliser
for a free replacement toy box or a $50 refund. For more information,
consumers should call Palliser's Toy Box Hotline at (877) 840-7396 anytime
or visit Palliser's recall web site at www.toyboxnews.com.