Power Reclining Furniture Recalled by Franklin Due to Fire Hazard; Power Switch Can Fail

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–May 8, 2015. 

  • Recalled Franklin Power Reclining Switch
    Recalled Franklin Power Reclining Switch

Recall Summary

Name of product:  Power reclining furniture

Hazard:  The switch used to operate the reclining function can overheat, posing a fire hazard to consumers.

Consumer Contact:  Franklin Corporation toll-free at (866) 551-2706 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at http://Franklincorp.com and click on the “Power Switch Recall” button.

Recall Details

Units:  About 81,000 in the U.S.

Description:  This recall involves power reclining furniture with rectangular power switches. The black plastic switches measure 1 3/8 inches by 3 inches and are installed either on the arm, console or side of various styles of reclining chairs, sofas and sectionals. Furniture with the rectangular power switches was sold under the name, Franklin Corporation or one of eight private labels, including Big Sandy Superstore, Cardi’s Furniture, Cimarron Lumber/Sutherland’s, The Great American Home Store, Levin Furniture, Overstock.com, Raymour & Flanigan and Slumberland Furniture. A label on the underside of the footrest lists the retailer or private label name and the product style number and, if applicable, the basic change (BC) number. Style and BC numbers included in the recall are:

Style Number

41385

43085

57285

41386

43086

57286

42085

48285

59785

42086

48286

59786

42886

 

 

Basic Change (BC) Number

05

44

AI

23

46

AQ

24

47

AR

25

51

AX

27

88

AY

28

AE

BM

29

AF

BN

35

AG

BO

40

AH

 

Power reclining furniture with a black plastic oval switch is not affected by this recall.

Incidents/Injuries:  Franklin has received two reports of switches igniting and three reports of switches smoking on showroom samples, resulting in minor property damage to the flooring. No injuries have been reported.

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately unplug the recalled units and contact Franklin for a replacement operating switch.

Sold at:  Furniture stores nationwide and online from October 2013 to December 2014 for between $400 and $4,000.

Manufacturer(s):  Franklin Corporation, of Houston, Miss.

Manufactured in:  USA (power reclining furniture)

Manufactured in:  China (power reclining switches)

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to help ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.

Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.

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Source: cpsc.gov