Oklahoma-based retail giant Hobby Lobby recalls thousands of wooden stools because they may pose falling dangers, putting users at risk of injuries. According to a news report, the recall affects the White Wood Stool, which has white, squared-off legs and a brown, curved seat. The problem with the stool is that it can break while in use, posing fall and injury hazards, an alert posted on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (CPSC) website states. The faulty stools have already prompted a series of complaints from users involved in accidents.
So far, Hobby Lobby has received seven reports of the stool breaking while in use, including six incidents that resulted in injuries. About 14,000 units are affected by the recall. The stools are roughly 24 inches tall and were sold at Hobby Lobby stores nationwide for $80 from June to July.
Those who purchased these products are advised to stop using them immediately and return them to a Hobby Lobby store for a full refund. A photo of the recalled product is available online on the CPSC website. Anyone with questions about this recall is asked to call Hobby Lobby at 1-800-326-7931.
Stools, including bar stools, must be selected carefully. Especially when they are being used by young children or older adults, who are more prone to serious injuries from a fall, it is important to make sure these pieces of furniture are safe for use. For example, it’s a good idea to check if stools are adjustable or match the height of their counter.
The material of the stool itself can be important as well as whether it offers back support. For those with children, it is important to make sure young children never get up on these pieces of furniture. Placing anti-tip devices could also help reduce the risk of a stool tipping over.
Product Liability Issues
If you have suffered fall-related injuries due to a defective product, you may be able to seek compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses. Injured victims can seek damages, including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, pain and suffering, and emotional distress. An experienced product defect lawyer can help victims and their families better understand their legal rights and options.