Risk of Injury or Death Prompts Midwest Folding Products Recall of Stage and Riser Caddies

Midwest Folding Products, based in Chicago, IL, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), is recalling approximately 5,300 stage and riser caddies due to the risk of injury or death they pose to consumers. The latches on the caddy do not close automatically to secure the stored stages and risers, which may fall off of the caddies and onto consumers. In May 2011, a three-year-old girl died after suffering head trauma when part of a portable stage fell onto her at a church.

The recalled caddies are used to store collapsible stages and risers and are gray, brown, or black metal. They are 44 inches long, 30 inches wide, and 60 inches tall. The caddies can hold eight 48 to 72-inch long or six 96-inch long stage or riser platforms. Yellow instruction and caution labels are affixed to the caddy’s frame.

Owners and consumers of the defective caddies should immediately stop using them and owners should contact Midwest Folding Products at (800) 621-4716 for a free repair kit with new brackets which allow the caddy latches to securely close automatically. New instruction and warning labels will also be included in the repair kit. For additional information, owners can call Midwest Folding Products at the above number, or visit their website at www.midwestfolding.com.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product, our product defects attorneys in New Jersey at Blume Forte can help you determine whether you may have a valid claim against the product’s manufacturer. To learn more about your legal rights and options, contact us at (973) 635-5400 for a no-cost consultation.

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