Finger Amputations Spur Walmart Recall

10 injuries were reported in connection with the Mainstays folding table, chairs

By Kate Seamons,  Newser Staff

Posted Jan 3, 2014 5:48 AM CST
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(Newser) – Walmart's PR people are likely wishing they had taken all of New Year's week off: On the heels of the much-publicized recall of donkey meat in China (after it was confirmed that it contained fox, a "rank"-smelling meat), comes another recall, this one in the US. The retail giant is recalling some 73,400 Mainstays five-piece folding metal card table and chairs, after determining that the chairs can collapse without warning—and have. The Consumer Product Safety Commission yesterday revealed that it has fielded 10 injury reports, including one finger and three fingertip amputations.

Other reported injuries include sprained or fractured fingers and a sore back, ostensibly because the chairs present a "fall hazard." The tables and chairs retailed for about $50 and were sold between May and November. Customers can return their sets to Walmart for a full refund. Click for more on Walmart's donkey meat problem.

The Mainstays five-piece card table and chair set.
The Mainstays five-piece card table and chair set.   (Consumer Product Safety Commission)
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