On January 2, 2014 Walmart announced a recall on its Mainstays brand five-piece card table and chair sets. The recall was prompted by the fact that the chairs can unexpectedly collapse, possibly leading to injury, including finger amputations.
The card table sets were sold in Walmart stores across the country, as well as on Walmart’s website, between May 2013 and November 2013 for about $50. About 73,400 units were sold.
The sets consist of a metal folding table with black padding, as well as four metal folding chairs, also with black padding. The name of the manufacturer of the chair cushions, Dongguan Shin Din Metal & Plastic Products Co, is printed on a white label affixed to the bottom of the chairs.
Thus far, Walmart has received 10 reports of injuries which occurred when the chairs collapsed. The injuries reported include one finger amputation, three fingertip amputations, sprained or broken fingers and one report of a sore back.
The card table sets were manufactured in China and Taiwan by Heshan Camis Industrial Co. Ltd., which is based out of Guangdong, China. They were imported for retail sale in the U.S. by Wal-Mart Stores, Inc., which is headquartered in Bentonville, Arkansas.
To remedy the situation, Walmart is offering customers a refund of their purchase price on the collapsing table and chair sets. Affected customers should call Walmart at (800) 925-6278 between the hours of 7 – 9 p.m. CT on Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. – 9 p.m. CT on Saturday or 12 – 6 p.m. CT on Sunday. They also have the option of visiting www.walmart.com and clicking on Product Recalls to obtain more information about the recalled card table sets.
By Nancy Schimelpfening