But in the last three months, there have been a series of chair recalls of various types of seats with the potential to put users at risk of a fall.
Although one might think a fall from a chair isn’t a serious matter, it’s important to note the way a person falls can be as important as how far they are falling.
So for example, someone falling 12 feet off a ladder may break an arm, if they extend the arm to cushion the fall. However, a person falling backward on a chair and smacking their head on concrete may suffer a skull fracture or traumatic brain injury – even if the fall height was only a few feet.
Named in a number of recent recalls are so-called “swinging chairs” or “hanging chairs.” These are a type of chair/swing hybrid that come equipped with a metal rod base, a pole that extends upward and curves and a suspended cable or chain that holds up a circular-shaped, cushioned seat.
Pier One marketed these chairs as a “Swingasan.” Now, the product has been recalled, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada. The problem is the chair could become unstable during use and/or it might have defective suspension hardware. This poses a fall risk.
Some 260,000 of these chairs have been sold in the U.S. and another 16,000 were sold in Canada. The recall involves both the woven wicker chairs and steel stands, which were sold separately between January 2010 and August 2015 for between $200 and $400 each.
There have reportedly been 101 incidents reported to the store of the chair becoming unstable and tipping over. There were nearly two dozen injuries reported for this problem. Another four injuries were reported in eight other incidents when the suspension hardware failed and the chair came crashing down.
A similar product, made by Big Lots, was recalled in June 2015 for a similar problem. The company recalled 16,000 hanging chairs that reportedly tipped over when faced sideways and swung beyond the base. Five reported injuries were associated with that product.
That same month, 250 swing chairs made by Ramart LLC, an Oklahoma-based company, were also recalled due to a tip-and-fall hazard. There were reportedly 11 incidents, with four injuries reported – including one to a baby.
Pier One also in the last several months has recalled 2,500 patio swivel chairs and 8,000 swivel dining chairs – both for tip-and-fall hazards. Each were associated with reports of customers falling and suffering minor injuries.
Office chairs are another major source of chair recalls. In January, Office Depot recalled 300,000 Crawley II Executive Chairs after receivign eight reports of the seat plate weld cracking and breaking, resulting in falls. Thankfully, no injuries were reported.
Last month, the New York-based Raynor Marketing recalled 1,200 Eurotech Lume office chairs, due to concerns the base can detach and customers may suffer a fall risk.
Baby seats are another category of seating products that are of great concern for consumers. Last month, the Pennsylvania-based Nuna Baby Essentials recalled some 5,700 high chairs in the U.S. and Canada, after reporting the arm bar can bend or detach during use. There were 50 reports of this happening at the time of the recall, with six involving children actually falling out of the chair. Four suffered serious personal injury.
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Pier 1 Imports Recalls Swingasan Chairs and Stands Due to Fall Hazard, Jan. 12, 2016, Consumer Product Safety Commission
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