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Domestications Recalls Bed Steps Due to Fall Hazard

Jul 31, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP

Domestications, of Weehawken, New Jersey just issued a recall for about 780 of its Domestications Bed Steps, which were manufactured in China and imported by Hanover Direct Inc., of Weehawken, New Jersey, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced.

The Domestications Bed Steps were recalled because the bed steps can break during use, posing a fall hazard to consumers. To date, Domestications received 14 reports of the bed steps breaking or cracking during use. Four of those reports involve injuries from falls.

The recalled Domestications wooden bed steps involved are style numbers 17593A and 17878A; have two steps; and are 16 inches high, by 24 inches wide, and 18 inches deep. The recalled Domestications Bed Steps were sold in white, cherry, and oak on the Domestications Web site and catalog nationwide. Style 17593A sold from June 2008 through July 2008 for about $50 and style 17878A sold from October 2008 through November 2008 for about $60.

The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled Domestications Bed Steps and return it to Domestications to receive a refund. The company has directly contacted all known consumers who purchased the bed steps. For additional information, Domestications can be reached toll-free at 1-800-969-4094 between 10:00 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday.

In recent years, imports from China have been at the center of safety worries in the United States and other countries. For instance, there was a heparin contamination with a counterfeit ingredient that was implicated in dozens of deaths in the U.S., and hundreds of serious reactions both here and abroad. The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) also issued recalls of several foods imported from China that may have been tainted with the industrial chemical melamine. Melamine tainted dairy products hospitalized thousands of children in that country.

We have also long been reporting that despite federal lead standards and that many consider lead poisoning to be one of the most important chronic environmental illnesses affecting children today, toys—many imported from China—continue to be made with elements that exceed federal standards and that could pose serious, sometimes fatal, health concerns.

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