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Target recalls step stools for fall hazard

Consumer Reports News: August 04, 2011 03:53 PM

Retail giant Target Corp. of Minneapolis, Minn. along with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced today a recall of 206,000 step stools. The wooden pieces of utility furniture can break apart or collapse under the weight of the user, posing a fall hazard.

The stools, sold under the Circo and Do Your Room (DTR) brand names, have two steps and comes in various colors, including natural, natural and red, white and honey. The Circo step stool has a lid on the bottom step that lifts to provide storage while the DYR models have the storage lids as their top step. Both brands have labels baring their respective brand names and UPC codes underneath the step stool.

The faulty step stools were sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide and online at Target.com from January 2007 through October 2010 for between $25 and $30.

The affected step stools models include:

Brand Name Style Description UPC Number Selling Period
Circo
White step stool w/storage
490970403046
or
180970208597
June 2009-Feb 2010
Feb. 2010-Oct 2010
Circo
Natural step stool w/storage
490970403053
or
180970208610
June 2009-Feb 2010
Feb. 2010-Oct 2010
Circo
Natural & red step stool w/storage
490970403060
or
180970208665
June 2009-Feb 2010
Feb. 2010-Oct 2010
Do Your Room
(DYR)
Natural step stool w/storage
097168014338
Jan. 2007-Aug. 2009
Do Your Room
(DYR)
Honey step stool w/storage
390970402622
Jan. 2007-Aug. 2009

Target has received 26 reports of the stools breaking or collapsing. Fourteen incidents involved children, seven 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.

Consumers should immediately stop using the step stools and return them to any Target store to receive a full refund. Additional information can be found by calling Target's toll-free phone line (800-440-0680) or visiting its website: www.target.com.

Target Recalls Step Stools with Storage Due to Fall Hazard [US CPSC]

Paul Eng

   

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