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Sauder Woodworking Company Recalls Gruga Office Chairs

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(Image credit: CPSC.)

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with Sauder Woodworking Company, of Archbold, Ohio, announced a voluntary recall of about 70,000 Gruga Office Chairs in the United States and 2,300 in Canada.

Hazard: The seat plate can break, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Sauder Woodworking Company has received 17 reports of seat plates breaking, two of which involved consumers falling and receiving bumps and bruises.

Description: The recalled chairs are entertainment, executive, manager's and task chairs with the brand name "GRUGA - Seating from Sauder." The chairs are sold in a variety of fabrics and colors. The model number and Universal Product Code (UPC) are on a tag attached to the bottom of the seat. A blue date code is stamped on the legal disclaimer label on the underside of the chair seat. Recalled chairs are dated August 2009 and later. The following chair models have been recalled:

Black Fabric Butterfly Chair403612042666601627
Executive Chair Leather Brown404237042666604659
Executive Chair Leather Black404238042666604666
Executive Chair Fabric Black404240042666604680
Executive Chair Leather Black404241042666604697
Manager's Chair Fabric Black404242042666604703
Manager's Chair Leather Black404243042666604710
Task Chair Fabric Black404244042666604727
Task Chair Fabric Black404245042666604734
Task Chair Fabric Black404246042666604741
Exec Chair Leather Black404260042666604888
Manager's Chair Fabric Black404261042666604895
Executive Chair Fabric Silver/Brown404279042666605335
Executive Chair Leather Burnt Brown404281042666605359
Air Seat Managers Chair404370042666605373
Black Micro Fabric Executive404398042666607742
Premium Executive Leather405147042666609678
Premium Executive Fabric407688042666609685
Fabric Manager's Chairs407702042666609708
Leather Manager's Chair407894042666609722
Deluxe Fabric Task Chair407895042666609739
Executive Fabric Mesh Chair407896042666609746
Executive Mesh Back Chair407897042666609920
Task Chair408989042666104920
Vinyl Manager's Chair408993042666101561
Deluxe Leather Executive Chair409977042666101578
X-Vibe Entertainment Chair410409042666105187
X-Vibe Entertainment Chair410573042666105170
Duraplush Mid Manager's Chair410593042666104883
Duraplush Manager's Chair410879042666104890
Air Comfort Executive Chair412429042666109284

For photos of all 31 chairs, go to and click on Safety Notices, then click on the link for model numbers, descriptions and UPCs.

Sold at: Meijer, Menards, Shopko and Target and a variety of retail outlets nationwide, and online retailers including and from August 2009 to September 2012 for between $79 and $399.

(Image credit: CPSC.)

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled chairs and contact Sauder for a free replacement seat plate and attachment tool.

Consumer Contact: Sauder Woodworking Company; toll-free (888) 800-4590, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or and click on Safety Notices for more information.

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