Risk of Sudden Collapse Prompts Step Stool Recall

With spring in full swing all across Colorado, homeowners like you and me are getting out the tools and doing a bit of cleaning – gutters, outdoor lighting, tree trimming and other tasks that require a little extra boost in height.

Plenty of indoor cleaning and maintenance tasks like changing light bulbs require a boost as well.

If you own a folding step stool from Kennedy International though, you may want to hold off on going for those hard to reach places.

After receiving 15 reports of the step stool breaking or cracking, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada issued a recall of the stools on May 10th. It’s being reported that 3 individuals suffered injuries when their step stools broke – 2 suffered back injuries and the third person sustained a fractured leg.

Specific Kennedy International step stool models affected by this recall include:

  • 9-inch step stool – Style Number 3575
  • 13-inch step stool – Style Number 3576

All step stools are made from plastic and have a carrying handle when folded. Colors include blue, green, gray, red, purple, pink, orange, turquoise, aqua, white, plum, orchid, emerald, sapphire, sangria, ocean, sage, fuchsia and lime.

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In total, 1.6 million stools in the U.S. and 64,000 in Canada are covered under this recall.

You can find the style number of your ladder by looking on a sticker located on one of the legs. Some labels will also have “Kennedy Home Collection” printed on them.

Affected models were sold for between $8 and $13 from January 2010 through January of this year. Retailers carrying the stools include HomeGoods, Marshalls and TJ Maxx and others.

If you own a Kennedy International plastic folding stool and purchased it between 2010 and 2012, you should stop using it immediately. Contact the company to obtain a full refund. You can visit the company online at http://www.kennedy-intl.com/ or call the company’s headquarters in Ohio between 9:00 AM and 5:00 PM Eastern at (855) 270-8301.

While it’s best to catch defective products before they cause an injury, sometimes it doesn’t work out that way as in the case of the 3 individuals injured from the defective step stool. If or a loved one has been injured or adversely affected by a defective product, contact Denver product liability attorneys at the Babcock Law Firm today to discuss your options for compensation.

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