Product Safety Hazard
Rocking chairs sold at Wal-Mart recalled
for fall hazard
March 22, 2006
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission,
in cooperation with Wal-Mart Stores Inc.,
has announced a recall of Mainstays Love
Seat Rockers and Porch Rockers. Consumers
should stop using recalled products immediately
unless otherwise instructed.
Poor construction and over-curvature of
the chair's runners can cause instability,
imbalance, fracturing of the wood, and tip-over
during use. This poses a fall hazard to consumers.
Wal-Mart has received 55 incident reports
including 45 injuries. Those injuries include
a cut in the leg requiring 16 stitches, a
slight concussion, fractured ribs, wrist
and cervical/lumbar sprains, upper back injuries,
a pinched nerve, a shoulder joint tear, and
one incident in which a pregnant woman began
having contractions after the display chair
in which she was sitting flipped over backwards.
Many of the injuries occurred on display
models in Wal-Mart stores.
About 643,000 of the affected rockers were
sold at Wal-Mart stores and on Wal-Mart's
website. The Love Seat Rockers were sold
from May 2004 through September 2005. The
Porch Rockers were sold from April 2004 through
The recall involves three models of rocking
chairs, the Mainstays Love Seat Rocker (Model
IT-13380) and the Mainstays Porch Rocker
(Model IT-13379 and IT-13270).
The Love Seat Rocker
is wooden, white and seats two persons.
The back support frame and the seat are
made of slats. "Made
in China" is printed on a sticker under
Love Seat Rocker:
The wooden Porch Rocker
is sold in white and "natural" (light
brown) colour and seats only one person. "Made
in Indonesia" is printed on a sticker
under the Porch Rocker's seat. They sit
on curved runners. The model number is
printed on the rocker's packaging.
Consumers should immediately stop using these
rocking chairs and return them to Wal-Mart
for a full refund. For additional information,
contact Wal-Mart at (800) 925-6278 between
7 a.m. and 9 p.m. CT Monday through Friday.