May 22, 2014 — Office Depot is recalling 1.4 million black rolling office chairs after receiving 153 reports of the seat plate weld cracking or breaking. The defect has caused 25 injuries. One serious injury involved a fractured back and hip that required medical attention.
The Consumer Products Safety Commission (CPSC) posted a recall notification for the Office Depot® Gibson Leather Task Chairs. According to the CPSC, “The mounting plate weld can break and separate the seat from the base of the chair, posing a fall hazard to consumers.”
Office Depot has received 25 reports involving injuries, including:
- Bruises and contusions
- Scrapes and abrasions
- Head and neck injuries
- Back fracture
- Hip fracture
The recalled office chairs were sold in stores and online from 2003 to 2012 for about $40. Office Depot recommends that consumers should immediately stop using the chairs and return them to Office Depot for a $55 store merchandise credit.
Description of Recalled Products
This 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.
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