This story was updated at 10.27 a.m. EDT, August 23, 2011.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the Target Corporation, of Minneapolis, Minn., announced a voluntary recall of about 341,000 (206,000 recalled August 4, 2011) Step Stools with Storage.
Hazard: The wooden step stools can break apart or collapse under the weight of the user, posing a fall hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: Target has received 27 reports of the stools breaking or collapsing. Fourteen incidents involved children, eight involved adults, and five incidents where the user's age was unknown. Two adults fractured their wrists, and of those victims, one also fractured her hip and pelvis. Additionally, six children and one adult suffered scrapes and bruising.
Description: The wooden step stool has two steps and comes in various colors, including natural, natural and red, white, pink, blue and honey. The Circo step stool has a lid on the bottom step that lifts to provide storage. The Do Your Room (DYR) step stool has a lid on the top step that lifts to provide storage. The step stools measure approximately 13 H x 13 5/8 W x 14 1/8 D. The Circo brand name or DYR brand name and UPC numbers are printed on a label found underneath the step stool. The following step stools are included in this recall:
|Step Stools With Storage|
Sold exclusively at: Target stores nationwide and online at Target.com from January 2007 through October 2010 for between $25 and $30.
Manufactured in: China, Vietnam, Taiwan and Thailand
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the step stools and return them to any Target store to receive a full refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Target at (800) 440-0680 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.target.com.