Target Recalls Step Stools in Wake of Fall-Related Injuries

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In a news release Thursday, Target Corporation in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of certain step stools due to possible breakage that could lead to a user falling.

The wooden step stools, which have two steps and storage space, can collapse or break apart under the weight of a user, posing a risk of falling. Target has received 26 complaints of the stools collapsing or breaking, at least 14 of which involved children. At least seven reports involved adults, two of whom fractured their wrists. One of the injured adults also fractured her hip and pelvis. Scrapes and bruising were suffered by six children and one adult.

The step stools have a lid on the top step and come in a variety of colors including white, honey, natural, natural and red. Two brands are involved in the recall. The Circo brand step stool has a lid on the bottom step providing storage; the Do Your Room (DYR) brand step stool has a lid on the top step. The brand name and UPC numbers are printed on a label underneath the step stool. The stools measure 13″ H x 13 5/8″ W x 14 1/8″ D.

The step stools were sold exclusively at Target stores nationwide and at Target.com. Anyone who has purchased one of the stools should stop using it immediately and return it to any Target store for a complete refund.

I wish the people who were injured using the step stools a full and rapid recovery. As a Los Angeles personal injury lawyer, I encourage consumers who purchased the step stools to stay safe by returning the stools to Target immediately.