New Recall on Folding Chairs and Barstools Purchased at Walmart
If you own folding chairs or barstools that you bought from Walmart, check them over carefully. Cheyenne Products Mainstay recently recalled nearly 800,000 of these types of chairs because they may pose a falling hazard.
Chairs May Break, Causing Occupants to Fall
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced this recall, which affects multiple styles of metal folding chairs and barstools sold under the Mainstay brand name. The recalled chairs reportedly all have padded seats upholstered in vinyl or microfiber. A white sticker label on the bottom of the seats should include the name Cheyenne Products or Cheyenne Industries and should list the production date by month and year.
Another white sticker on the bottom of the seats should show a barcode with the model number printed above it, and the UPC printed below. You can find the affected model numbers at the CPSC site.
These recalled chairs and stools were made in China and imported by Cheyenne Industries Inc. of Rogers, Arizona; Cheyenne Products LLC of Austin, Texas; and Walmart of Bentonville, Arkansas. All of the chairs and stools were sold at Walmart stores nationwide and online at Walmart.com from January 2014 through April 2021 for between $30 and $42.
The problem is that the weld attaching the legs to the seat bottom can break, posing a fall hazard. Cheyenne Products Mainstay has received 41 reports of incidents of this weld breaking, resulting in 19 injuries, including four reports of fractures and one report of a torn ligament.
Customers are advised to stop using the chairs and stools immediately and to contact Cheyenne for a full refund. You can call the company at 833-351-1707 from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or check the online recall site.
Furniture Defects Frequently Cause Injuries at Home
Furniture defects cause thousands of injuries in the U.S. every year. Because of poor construction, defective design, or inadequate assembly instructions, these items can lead to accidents in the home that cause not only bruises, cuts, and scrapes, but head traumas, broken bones and teeth, neck and spine injuries, and more.
Common issues include poor welds like those mentioned above, as well as legs that are improperly glued, weak and splitting parts, and missing nails, screws, or other fasteners. Chairs may wobble and tip because they weren’t manufactured or assembled correctly, which can also lead to falls.
All people are at risk for injuries from falls, but children and the elderly are particularly vulnerable to more serious injuries. To be sure you won’t be a victim, regularly inspect your chairs to be sure they are stable and safe.