Relating to my previous post on warranty registration cards as a means of being informed of recalls, sometimes a recalled product had no card to fill out. So how are you going to know if something you bought for your home or remodel is unsafe?
Here’s an item that was posted just today:
Name of Product: TV Stands
Units: About 414,000
Manufacturer: Sauder Woodworking Co., of Archbold, Ohio
Hazard: The TV stand can collapse if the fasteners used to connect the metal legs to the lower shelf are not completely tightened during assembly, posing a risk that the TV set can fall onto children or adults.
Incidents/Injuries: Sauder has received 43 reports of TV stands collapsing. Most of the reported incidents involved stands that had recently been assembled. Three injuries required medical treatment including a broken arm, a torn rotator cuff with a concussion, and an injured finger. These injuries occurred when consumers attempted to prevent a TV from falling off the stand. In addition, a 6-year-old child received a bruised shoulder when the stand collapsed and a TV fell on her.
Description: The recalled TV Stand measures 23 ¾ inches (h) x 38 ½ inches (w) x 19 ½ inches (d) with a brushed maple finish. The stand has criss-cross, black, wrought-iron legs, a pull-out drawer, and a lower shelf. Model number 400205 and UPC number 42666 01958 are located on the product’s carton and instructions.
Sold at: Wal-Mart stores nationwide and online at Wal-Mart.com from January 2005 through May 2007 for about $90.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the TV stand immediately if it moves from side-to-side. Consumers should contact Sauder to receive detailed instructions on checking the tightness of the fasteners.
Consumer Contact: Contact Sauder toll-free at (866) 218-8312 between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, and between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET on Saturday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.sauder.com.