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Whalen Recalls Stainless Steel Tool Chests Due to Laceration Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Costco

Washington, DC–(ENEWSPF)–April 11, 2014.  Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall date: April 10, 2014
Recall number: 14-729

  • Whalen 72 inch tool chest
    Whalen 72 inch tool chest

Recall Summary

Name of product:  Stainless steel tool chests

Hazard:  The inside of the right door has a metal stopper or flange with a sharp edge running the length of the door, which poses a laceration hazard.

Consumer Contact:  Whalen toll-free at (866) 942-5362 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online at www.whalenstorage.com and click on “Recalls” for more information.

Recall Details

Units:  About 20,000

Incidents/Injuries:  Whalen has received 11 reports of injuries, including nine reports of minor cuts caused by the sharp-edged flange and two reports of cuts requiring stitches.

Remedy:  Consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact Whalen for a free  repair kit that includes a protective cover for the flange. Whalen is contacting all purchasers directly.

Sold exclusively at:  Costco Wholesale Corp. from March 2010 through October 2013 for between $500 and $550.

Manufacturer:  Whalen Furniture Manufacturing, of San Diego, Calif.

Manufactured in:  China

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.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury go online to www.SaferProducts.gov or call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772 or teletypewriter at (301) 595-7054 for the hearing impaired. Consumers can obtain news release and recall information at www.cpsc.gov, on Twitter @USCPSC or by subscribing to CPSC’s free e-mail newsletters.

Source: cpsc.gov


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