By Rita R. Robison
Big Lots is recalling about 375,000 Microfiber Glider Recliners with Ottomans and Leather Glider Recliners with Ottomans.
An exposed gap between the moving parts of the chair and the base framework can allow access to toddlers and infants, posing an entrapment hazard, the company said in a joint statement with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. In addition, other exposed moving parts on the chair and the ottoman can pose finger pinching and crushing hazards to older children and adults.
The commission received two reports of children under age two who were found trapped at the neck between horizontal components of the frame at the back of the chair. In both cases, adults were able to release the children who suffered no permanent injuries.
The recalled recliners are reclining glider/rocking chairs on a swivel base. Both the chair and ottoman sit on circular metal bases made from 1.25 inch metal tubing and have cushions covered in either light brown or green microfiber fabric or dark brown simulated leather fabric.
A label under the seat of the chair identifies the manufacturer as Dongguan Shindin Metal & Plastic Products Ltd. A small label on the front metal rod under the seat says "Maximum wt load 250 lbs."
Manufactured in China, the recliners were sold at Big Lots stores nationwide from January 2005 through December 2009 for about $170.
Consumers should immediately stop using the chairs and contact Big Lots for a free repair kit that covers the base framework and the moving parts of the chair and ottoman, the company and commission advise.
For additional information, contact Big Lots toll-free at 866-244-5687 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.biglots.com.
For details on other recalls, see www.recalls.gov.