Target Recalls Over 200,000 Step Stools due to Reports of Fall Injuries

By Blume Forte Fried Zerres & Molinari on August 30, 2011

The Target Corporation, in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is voluntarily recalling 206,000 Circo and Do Your Room (DYR) step stools with storage as they have been reported to collapse or break under the user’s weight, creating a falling hazard. The affected stools were sold at Target stores across the nation and on Target.com from January 2007 through October 2010.

There have been 26 reports of breaking or collapsing stools, including 14 involving children, 7 involving adults and 5 involving users of unknown age. Two of the adults suffered fractured wrists attempting to brace themselves against the fall. One of these adults also fractured her pelvis and hip. Additional injuries included scrapes and bruising to 6 children and 1 adult.

The recalled product is a wooden step stool with two steps, available in natural, red, white and honey colors. The Circo step stool includes a lidded storage compartment as part of the bottom step. The DYR step stool includes a lidded storage compartment as part of the top step. Both brands of stools are approximately 13 inches tall, 13 5/8 inches wide, and 14 1/8 inches deep. The brand name and UPC number are printed on a label affixed to the underside of the stool. The recalled stools include:

  1. Circo, white with UPC number 490970403046, sold between June 2009 and February 2010, or 180970208597, sold between February 2010 and October 2010;
  2. Circo, natural with UPC number 490970403053, sold between June 2009 and February 2010, or 180970208610, sold between February 2010 and October 2010;
  3. Circo, natural and red with UPC number 490970403060, sold between June 2009 and February 2010, or 180970208665, sold between February 2010 and October 2010;
  4. DYR, natural with UPC number 097168014338, sold between January 2007 and August 2009; and
  5. DYR, honey with UPC number 390970402622, sold between January 2007 and August 2009.

Consumers should stop using these step stools immediately and return them to any Target store for a full refund.

When manufacturers do not take adequate care in the production or design of their products, consumers are at greater risk for injury. If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective or poorly designed household product, the experienced New Jersey hazardous household product attorneys at Blume Forte can help you determine whether your claim has merit and whether you may be entitled to compensation. To learn more about your legal options, contact us for a no-cost consultation at 973-635-5400.

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