Approximately 216,000 Office Max Task Chairs have been recalled because the backs and base posts can break, which could cause consumers to fall out of the chair and suffer a personal injury.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the OfficeMax chair recall on September 1, 2009, for “Task Chairs” sold at OfficeMax stores throughout the United States, on their website, out of their catalogs and through direct commercial sales to businesses. The chairs were available between September 2003 and July 2008 for between $40 and $65.
The chair recall was issued after OfficeMax received about 35 reports of the backs or base posts breaking, 15 of those reports involved reports of a personal injury, such as concussions, lacerations, contusions and muscle strains.
The recall affects Office Max Task Chairs with the model numbers OM182 and OM96614. The chairs are charcoal or dark charcoal in color with black plastic arms and a rolling plastic and metal base. The model number is on a white UPC label located under the seat.
The U.S. CPSC and OfficeMax recommend that customers immediately stop using the chairs and return them for a full refund or a $55 gift card if the customer does not have a receipt.