More than 92,000 outdoor wooden folding chairs were recalled after 18 reports of the chairs breaking including 15 people who fell. According to an alert issued by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), TJX Companies Inc. has recalled these outdoor, wooden folding chairs that could collapse or unexpectedly break even when people are sitting on them.
Injuries Reported from Falls
So far, there have been 18 reports of these recalled chairs breaking or collapsing including 15 people who fell and sustained injuries such as cuts, back injuries and neck injuries. The recalled chairs were sold at T.J. Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods stores, or online at tjmaxx.com or sierra.com from June 2018 through January 2021 for about $30.
CPSC warns that some of these chairs may have been labeled with a “Nautica” brand tag or stamped “Made in Vietnam.” The seatbacks of these recalled chairs have eight vertical slats inside the frame and the chair’s seat has seven slats inside the frame. TJX is asking consumers to immediately stop using the recalled chairs and contact the company for instructions on how to get a full refund. Those who have these chairs at home can also return the recalled chairs to any T.J. Maxx, Marshalls or HomeGoods store for a full refund.
Product Liability Issues
Product manufacturers have a responsibility to produce items that are safe for consumers to use. When they fail to do so and the products cause injuries, consumers may be able to file a product liability lawsuit seeking compensation for the injuries, damages and losses they have sustained. Victims in such cases may also be able to file a class action lawsuit seeking damages. In cases where the injuries are not severe, a class action lawsuit is a good way to hold manufacturers of defective products accountable.
A product defect claim may involve a flaw that occurred during the manufacturing process. It may also involve a design flaw or a failure on the part of the manufacturer to warn consumers about the product’s inherent dangers. A product liability claim may be filed against a manufacturer, retailer, distributor or other parties. An experienced product defect attorney will be able to advise injured victims and their families regarding their legal rights and options.