Folding stools recalled after consumers report unexpected breakage

Posted on May 16, 2012

In response to a request from the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission, Kennedy International Incorporated has announced a voluntary recall for more than 1.6 million units of its folding step stools due to a fall risk posed by the possibility of unexpected breakage during routine use. Kennedy International Incorporated is a product distributor headquartered in Dayton, New Jersey. This folding step stool recall comes as a response to at least 15 consumer complaints made to the company in response to the step stools breaking or cracking during routine use. This recall follows the recall of multiple models of non-folding step stools for similar issues, including a recall of more than 340,000 stools sold at Target retail outlets across the United States. At least three of these incidents have reportedly led to injuries including in one case, a broken leg. An estimated 1.6 million Kennedy Folding Step Stools are being recalled throughout the United States. The Kennedy Folding Step Stools affected by this recall were distributed nationwide to retail outlets including Marshall’s, TJ Maxx, and HomeGoods, where they were sold from January 2010 to January 2012 for a retail price ranging from $8 to $12. Consumers in possession of Kennedy Folding Step Stools affected by this recall are advised to discontinue their use immediately and contact Kennedy International to receive instructions for returning the product for a refund of the full purchase price.

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