By: Staff Writers | Published: April 6th, 2012
About 319,000 Office Depot desk chairs have been recalled amid reports that the seats may break and dump consumers onto the floor.
The Office Depot Biella Leather Desk Chair recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on April 5, after at least 11 reports were received where the chairs broke.
As a result of the problems, several consumers have fallen from the chairs and sustained minor injuries, including contusions and abrasions.
The CPSC has determined that a weld connecting the seat plate to the gas lift has a tendency to fail. This may cause the chair to separate from the base, resulting in a fall hazard for consumers.
The recall affects the Office Depot brand Biella leather desk chairs. The chairs are black and have SKU number 130548. “REG. No. PA-25498 (CN)” and “Made in China” are printed on a label on the bottom of the seat.
There were about 307,000 of these chairs sold in the United States and another 12,000 sold in Canada. The chairs were sold exclusively at Office Depot stores and through the Office Depot website at www.OfficeDepot.com from January 2002 through December 2008 for about $55.
The CPSC recommends that consumers who own chairs affected by the recall stop using them immediately and call Office Depot’s recall hotline in order to receive a $55 store card. Consumers with questions can call the hotline at (866) 403-3763 or they can visit the company’s website at www.OfficeDepot.com.