About 13,000 <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Easy-Fold and Easy-Store Step Stools, distributed by Kikkerland Design Inc., of New York, N.Y., have been recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.
The recalled Kikkerland Easy-Fold and Easy-Store Step Stools can crack or break, posing a fall hazard to consumers. To date, the firm has received nine reports of the stools cracking or breaking, resulting in four reports of injuries, including ankle sprains and contusions.
The tops of the foldable step stools have white polka dots and were sold as a set of two, including nine-inch and 15-inch stools. The grey nine-inch stool has a sticker with model number ZZ09-GR on the front, and the brown 15-inch stool has a sticker with model number ZZ08-BR on the front. Only stools sold by QVC are included in this recall.
Kikkerland Easy-Fold and Easy-Store Step Stools were sold exclusively by QVC televised shopping programs and toll-free number, at www.qvc.com, and at QVC retail stores in Minnesota and Pennsylvania from May 2009 through November 2009. The recalled stools sold for about $40. The recalled Kikkerland Easy-Fold and Easy-Store step stools were manufactured in China, a country long associated with products that have been found to be dangerous and linked to an increasing and significant string of recalls.
The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled Kikkerland Easy-Fold and Easy-Store Step Stools. If the step stools were purchased at a QVC store, consumers should return the product to any QVC store to receive a full refund. Consumers who purchased the step stools through a QVC television program or qvc.com were mailed instructions on how to receive a refund.
QVC can be reached toll-free at (800) 367-9444 between 7:00 a.m. and 1:00 a.m. Eastern Time daily, or at the firmâ€™s Web site at www.qvc.com.