Colorado residents who shop at Wal-Mart may already know the store is recalling a table and chair set after it received reports of injuries. The product is a five-piece set, consisted of one card table and four chairs made by Mainstay. As with other apparent defective household products, Wal-Mart is urging consumers to stop using the recalled product immediately. Wal-Mart will issue a full refund to consumers when the product is returned.
The product is a black, padded table and chairs that sold for $50. It was sold nationwide, and nearly 73,400 of the sets are subject to this recall. The Consumer Product Safety Commission is aware of the recall.
The chairs can collapse without warning. Wal-Mart received 10 injury reports. One customer suffered a sore back, but most of the injuries were to fingers. Of the other nine injury reports, one involved a customer whose finger had to be amputated. Three other people lost fingertips, and the rest suffered from fractured or sprained fingers.
More injury reports could be received before the company is able to get all of defective household products out of circulation. Colorado residents may not realize just how much they rely on their fingers until they do not have the use of them. People are marvelously resilient and often adapt to the loss of a finger, but that does not mean they will be able to return to a normal life. Successfully pursuing a products liability claim may provide someone whose life has been disrupted by a defective product with some financial restitution not only for medical bills related to his or her injuries, but also for other damages such as pain and suffering and lost wages.
Source: NBC News, Wal-Mart recalls card table, chair sets after finger amputations, No author, Jan. 2, 2014