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From Products Liability Law Daily, July 30, 2015

ACCO recalls 3.3 million magnetic and dry erase boards over laceration hazard

By John Dumoulin

ACCO Brands Corp., of Lake Zurich, Illinois, has recalled approximately 3.3 million Quartet magnetic and dry erase boards because sharp metal edges on the back of the boards can become exposed while removing mounted boards, posing a laceration hazard (CPSC Recall Notice, No. 15-201, July 30, 2015).

Incidents and injuries. The firm has received seven reports of hand, finger, and foot laceration injuries, including four that required stitches.

Product description. This recall involves eight styles of Quartet magnetic and dry erase boards, including calendar styles and combination boards with push pins. The boards were sold between January 2005 and December 2013, in eight sizes: 5 ½ x 14, 8 ½ x 11, 11 ½ x 11 ½, 11 x 17, 12 x 12, 14 x 14, 17 x 17, and 17 x 23, and in various colors including white, silver, black, blue, green, pink, purple, grey, and multicolor. The Quartet logo is printed on the bottom of the boards.

These magnetic and dry erase boards, which were manufactured in China, were sold at Ace Hardware, Fred Meyer, Menards, Office Depot, and other stores nationwide and online from January 2005 through December 2013 for between $5 and $10.

Remedy. Consumers should contact ACCO immediately for a caution label that instructs consumers to wear heavy gloves when removing the boards. This recall does not require that consumers remove the mounted boards. Consumers should affix the caution label with safe removal instructions for when needed.

Customer contact. For more information, customers may contact ACCO Brands at (800) 611-6654 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at www.Quartet.com and click the link “Important Safety Information – Wall Mounted Dry Erase Boards.”

Companies: ACCO Brands Corp.

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