Ameriwood Entertainment Stands Recalled

Ameriwood Industries, of Wright City, Missouri just recalled about 195 Your Zone Loft Collection Entertainment Stands due to <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">tip-over hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

The warning labels sold with the entertainment stands indicate incorrect size and weight limits for televisions used with the stands. A television that is too heavy or wide for the entertainment stand can make the unit unstable, posing a tip-over hazard to consumers. To date, no injuries or incidents have been reported.

This recall involves Your Zone Loft Collection entertainment stands. The stands are intended for use as gaming centers. The recall includes Autumn Beech YZ084-104-13-19 stands with model number 1156020WY. Model information is printed on the instruction manual.

The recalled Your Zone Loft Collection Entertainment Stands, which were manufactured in Canada, were sold exclusively at Wal-Mart stores nationwide from May 2009 through July 2009 for about $100.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately check the size and weight of the television used with the entertainment stands. If the television exceeds 50 pounds or does not sit entirely on top of the stand, consumers should immediately remove it from the stand. CRT televisions larger than 20 inches and flat panel televisions larger than 27 inches should not be placed on the stands. Consumers should contact Ameriwood for a replacement warning label.

Ameriwood Industries can be reached toll-free at 1-877-732-8252 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday, or at the firm’s Web site at www.ameriwood.com

Earlier this year we wrote that deaths related to television tipovers are posing an increasing hazard, particularly to children. KJRH reported that dozens of children are killed each year by televisions that tip over and that number is on the rise. According to Consumer Reports, said KJRH, televisions, when they fall from a piece of furniture, for instance, pose serious, sometimes deadly dangers to children.

The CPSC Website indicates that 2005 estimates revealed that at least 3,000 children under the age of five were treated in U.S. hospital emergency rooms due to injuries associated with TV tipovers. The CPSC also said that from 2000 through 2005, it received reports of 36 TV tipover and 65 furniture tipover deaths, with the vast majority—over 80 percent—involving young children.

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