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Recall of the Week: Frontgate Closet Ladders due to fall hazard

About 38,000 Frontgate Closet Ladders are being recalled by Cinmar LLC doing business as Frontgate.

11718b The ladders can unexpectedly break, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

Cinmar has received about 860 reports of the ladders breaking, including 28 reports of injuries such as bruises and lacerations to the knees, shins, ankles, and feet.

The recall involves Frontgate foldaway closet two- and three-step ladders. The ladders are made of mahogany wood and designed for use in walk-in closets.

The catalog item numbers included in the recall are 11998 for the two-step and 11675, 11975, 30269, 37935, and 40645 for the three-step ladder.

Manufactured in Indonesia, the ladders were sold at Frontgate stores in Georgia, North Carolina, and Ohio; in Frontgate and Sky Mall catalogs nationwide; and on the Internet at Frontgate.com and Skymall.com from December 2005 through July 2010 for about $90 to $150.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ladders and contact Frontgate for instructions on how to receive a merchandise credit for the amount of the ladder, the company advises. Frontgate is directly contacting all known consumers.

For more information, contact Frontgate at 888-298-4651 between 7 a.m. and 6 p.m CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's recall website at www.regcen.com/frontgateladder.

The voluntary recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

For details on other recalls, see www.recalls.gov.

Copyright 2011, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist


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Jen McCleve

I think my neighbor might have one of those out by her house as a patio accessory. I'll have to see if she actually uses the thing as a ladder.


Yes, it would be a good idea to check with your neighbor.


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