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From Products Liability Law Daily, May 22, 2014

Office Depot recalls 1.4 million office chairs following reports of injuries, including a fractured back and hip

By Joe Bichl

Office Depot, Inc., of Boca Raton, Florida, has recalled approximately 1.4 million office chairs after receiving 153 reports of the seat plate weld cracking or breaking, including 25 reports of contusions, abrasions, and reports of injuries to the head, neck, and a fractured back and hip which required medical attention (CPSC Recall Notice, No. 14-188, May 22, 2014).

On The Office Depot® Gibson Leather Task Chairs, the mounting plate weld can break and separate the seat from the base of the chair, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

Product description. The recall involves Office Depot® Gibson Leather Task Chairs. The black, armless, adjustable chairs have a black base with five wheels. The affected chairs have the SKU number 105479 and the registration numbers PA 27248 (CN), PA 25498 (CN), PA 25276 (HK) or CA 35181 (RC) that can be found next to the words “Made in China” which is printed on a label located on the underside of the seats.

The chairs, which were manufactured in China, were sold exclusively at Office Depot retail stores and online from 2003 through 2012 for about $40.

Remedy. Consumers should stop using the chairs immediately and return them to any Office Depot store location for a $55 store merchandise credit.

Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers can contact Office Depot toll-free at (866) 403-3763 from 8:00 a.m. to 8:00 p.m. Eastern Time Monday through Friday or online at www.officedepot.com and select Recall Notices under “Customer Service” at the bottom of the page.

Companies: Office Depot, Inc.

MainStory: TopStory ProductRecallsNews CPSCNews

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