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Office Depot Recalls Leather Desk Chairs

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The first week of April, The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Health Canada, and Office Depot, recalled almost 320,000 ( 307,000 in the U.S. and 12,000 in Canada) Office Depot® Brand Biella Leather Desk Chairs.

The chairs were imported by Swinton Avenue Trading, of Boca Raton, Fla. and manufactured by Wonderful Year Inc., of China. The weld connecting the seat plate to the gas lift can fail, causing the chair to separate from the base. This poses a fall hazard to consumers. Office Depot has received 11 reports of the chairs breaking and consumers falling while seated, resulting in reports of injuries, including minor contusions and abrasions.

This recall involves Office Depot® brand leather desk chairs. The mid-back height leather chairs were sold in black and have SKU number 130548. “REG. No. PA-25498 (CN)” and “Made in China” are printed on a label located on the underside of the seat. The product was sold at Office Depot retail stores nationwide and online at www.OfficeDepot.com from January 2002 through December 2008 for about $55. The chairs were made in China.

Consumers should immediately stop using the chairs and contact Office Depot’s recall hotline to receive a $55 store card that may be used for a replacement chair or other store merchandise. Office Depot can be contacted toll-free at (866) 403-3763 or through their website at www.officedepot.com.

If you or a family member is injured by a product, you need to get immediate medical care. If there is a significant affect or injury, you should contact an attorney concerning the problem. Early investigation can include the collection of product, checking recall alerts, and the proper notifying of those who caused the problem.