Target has recalled a range of Room Essentials shower stools after consumers reported injuries from falling when the stools became unstable while they were in use.
According to a news report, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued an alert announcing the recall of 58,500 stools sold in Target stores nationwide and online at Target.com from March 2019 through September 2020 for about $35, following the injury danger discovery.
CPSC said the shower stools could become unstable or slippery while in use causing the stools to tip over, posing a fall hazard. Target has reportedly received a dozen reports of users falling off the stools and suffering injuries.
The stools that are being recalled are about 18 inches tall and have a three-legged aluminum frame and a plastic curved seat. The item number (064-20-1091) is printed on the tag. Anyone who purchased the stools can return them to Target for a full refund. For more information, contact Target at 800-440-0680 or go to target.com and click on “recalls” at the bottom of the page on the left.
Older Adults and Falls
Older adults are the most common users of shower stools. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), falls are also common among adults 65 and older. Every second of the day, a person aged 65 years or older suffers a fall in the United States, making falls the leading cause of injury and death in this age group. The CDC projects that one out of four older adults will fall each year in the U.S., making falls a public health issue, particularly among the aging population.
CDC statistics also show that each year, about 3 million older adults are treated in emergency departments for a fall-related injury. One out of every five falls causes an injury such as broken bones or a head injury. Each year, at least 300,000 older people are hospitalized for hip fractures. More than 95% of hip fractures are caused by falling, usually by falling sideways. Women fall more often than men and account for three-quarters of all hip fractures.
Product Liability Issues
If you have suffered fall-related injuries as a result of 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.