More than 1.6 million folding step stools have been recalled by Kennedy International because of reports that they can break or collapse unexpectedly, causing users to fall, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Why it’s being recalled: So far, the company is aware of at least 15 reports of incidents involving step stools cracking or breaking while in use. The reports included two consumers who suffered back injuries and one with a fractured leg.
Description: The recall involves 9-inch and 13-inch Kennedy International folding step stools. The step stools are plastic and have a handle for carrying the stools when they are folded. The style number is 3575 for the 9-inch and 3576 for the 13-inch step stools. 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. They were sold in the following colors: blue, green, gray, red, purple, pink, orange, turquoise, aqua, white, plum, orchid, emerald, sapphire, sangria, ocean, sage, fuchsia, lime and various color combinations.
Where it was sold: The stools were sold at HomeGoods, Marshalls, TJ Maxx and other retailers nationwide from January 2010 through January 2012 for between $8 and $12.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled step stools and contact Kennedy International to receive a full refund. For more information, contact Kennedy International toll-free at (855) 270-8301 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s website at www.kennedy-intl.com
View the full recall on the CPSC’s website here.