|May 11, 2005
CPSC, Midwest Folding Products Announce Recall to Repair Optional Guard Rails on Standing Choral Risers
The following product safety recall was voluntarily conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Optional Guard Rails sold on Standing Choral Risers
Units: About 7,000 guard rails.
Manufacturer: Midwest Folding Products Inc., of Chicago, Ill.
Hazard: Choral risers equipped with an optional guard rail can tip over under certain loading conditions, which poses a risk of injury from falling from the risers.
Incidents/Injuries: Midwest Folding Products is aware of two incidents where a set of guard rail equipped risers tipped over. One incident caused a minor injury to one child.
Description: The product is a guard rail that attaches to the top level of a standing choral riser set with three tiered levels of horizontal platforms on which individuals stand. The recall includes Optional Guard Rails (model numbers GRU30, 36 and 48) installed on Standing Choral Risers (model numbers TRP3C and SRP3C). Risers without guard rails are not included in this recall.
Sold by: Distributors and by direct sale nationwide from 1986 through November 2004.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Owners of the choral riser sets with optional guard rails have been contacted directly by the Midwest Folding Products, Inc. and provided with information about how to obtain a free repair kit. If an owner of a choral riser set with optional guard rail has not already been contacted by Midwest Folding Products, the owner should stop using the risers immediately and contact Midwest Folding Products at the number listed below.
Consumer Contact: For more information, call Midwest Folding Products at (800) 621-4716 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT, or contact through Web site at www.Midwestfolding.com
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
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