Target Recall for Step Stools Expanded Due to Fall Hazard

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By: Staff Writers | Published: August 24th, 2011

A recent recall of Target step stools has been expanded to include an additional 135,000 stools, as reports of injuries sustained by children and adults continue to mount as a result of the stools breaking or collapsing. 

The expanded Target recall for step stools was announced on Tuesday by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

To date, Target has received at least 27 reports of the stools breaking or collapsing, with one woman fracturing her wrist, hip and pelvis and another adult fracturing their wrist. There are also reports of six children and one other adult suffering scrapes and bruises from falls.

The original Target step stool recall was issued earlier this month and involved 206,000 step stools. That recall was issued after the CPSC indicated that the wooden stools can break or collapse under the user’s weight.

The recall expansion brings the total number of step stools affected to about 341,000, which were sold under the Circo and Do Your Room labels. Three additional models of Circo step stool and five additional models of Do Your Room step stools are now included in the recall. A full list of style descriptions, UPC numbers and selling periods is available on the CPSC recall notice.

Each of the step stools contain two steps, with the Circo stools featuring storage under a lid on the bottom step and the “Do Your Room” stool featuring a lid on the top step that lifts to provide storage.

The stools were sold between January 2007 and October 2010 for between $25 and $30.

Consumers have been advised to immediately stop using the recalled step stools and return them to Target for a full refund. Consumers with questions can call Target at 1-800-440-0680 or can visit the company’s website at www.target.com.

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