A massive recall of more than 1.6 million Step Stools has been implemented over fall hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC).
The Folding Step Stools were manufactured in China; imported by Kennedy International of Dayton, New Jersey; and sold at HomeGoods, Marshalls, TJ Maxx, and other retailers, nationwide, from January 2010 through January 2012. The recalled Folding Step Stools sold for between $8 and $12.
About 1.6 million defective Folding Step Stools were recalled in the United States; 64,000 additional, defective, Folding Step Stools were recalled in Canada.
The recalled Folding Step Stools can break or collapse unexpectedly when in use, which poses a fall hazard to consumers. To date, Kennedy International is aware of at least 15 reports of incidents involving the Folding Step Stools cracking or breaking. The incidents include three reports of injuries to consumers using the Folding Step Stools: Two reports of back injuries and one of a fractured leg.
This recall involves 9- and 13-inch Kennedy International Folding Step Stools, which are plastic and are constructed with a handle for carrying the stools when folded. The style number is 3575 for the 9-inch Folding Step Stool and 3576 for the 13-inch Folding Step Stool. The style number is printed on a sticker on one of the legs of the stool. “Kennedy Home Collection” is also printed on a label on some of the stools. The defective Folding Step Stools were sold in blue, green, gray, red, purple, pink, orange, turquoise, aqua, white, plum, orchid, emerald, sapphire, sangria, ocean, sage, fuchsia, lime, and other various color combinations.
The firm advises consumer to immediately stop using the recalled Folding Step Stools and to contact Kennedy International to receive a full refund. Kennedy International can be reached, toll-free, at 1.855.270.8301 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time (ET), Monday through Friday, or at its firm’s website at www.kennedy-intl.com.