RECALL: Kmart recalls popular furniture item
Kmart has issued a recall of a popular chair on sale between July 2014 and March 2016, saying it can pose a risk of “entrapment or laceration” to the public.
Customers have been warned to stop using the chair immediately and return it to stores for a full refund.
This warning comes as a reissue of a previous recall announcement made in April 2016. The chairs, which came in white, red, and black, were also sold at Brayco and Fantastic Furniture.
“The tapering of the inside bottom of the chair legs may lead to an entrapment or laceration hazard,” Kmart Australia said in a Facebook post.
Customers have the option to have a free plug kit inserted into the legs of the chairs to continue using the chairs or return the chairs for a full refund.
“The plugs will be available by contacting our Kmart Customer Service team,” Kmart Australia said in its post.
“We encourage customers to cease using this product immediately and return to any Kmart store for a full refund, with or without a receipt.”
According to The Daily Telegraph, eight people were injured by the chairs in 2016, with victims’ feet being sliced open by the sharp chair edges.
One victim told the newspaper a doctor said the cut to his foot was so severe that “I couldn’t have done a better job with a scalpel.”
At the low price of $33, thousands of chairs were bought and appeared in cafes and homes across the country prior to their initial recall in 2016.
The design is a reproduction of the Tolix French cafe chair, first released in 1934.