|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
August 1, 2012
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 621-4716
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Stage and Riser Caddies Recalled by Midwest Folding Products Due to Risk of Injury or Death
Child died when stage stored on caddy fell on her
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), in cooperation with Midwest Folding Products, of Chicago, Ill., is announcing a voluntary recall of about 5,300 stage and riser caddies due to risk of injury and death to consumers. The caddy’s latches do not automatically close to secure the stages and risers when stored. Unsecured stages and risers can fall off the caddies and onto consumers.
A 3-year-old girl died in May 2011 in Greenville, S.C., from severe head trauma when a portion of a portable stage fell out of the caddy and onto her at a church.
This recall involves Midwest Folding Products’ caddies used to store collapsible stages and risers when they are not being used. The caddies are brown, gray or black metal and measure 44 inches long by 30 inches wide by 60 inches high. They hold six 96-inch long or eight 48 to 72-inch long stage or riser platforms.
Yellow caution and instruction labels are located on the caddy’s frame.
The recalled caddies were sold by Midwest Folding Products’ dealers to churches, schools, performing arts centers and various other organizations nationwide and online at www.midwestfolding.com from January 1989 through March 2012 for about $1,200. Midwest Folding Products is directly contacting known purchasers of the caddies.
Caddy owners and consumers should immediately stop using the recalled stage and riser caddies. Caddy owners should contact Midwest Folding Products to receive a free repair kit with new brackets that will allow latches to automatically return to the closed position on the caddies and new white warning and instruction labels.
For more information, contact Midwest Folding Products at (800) 621-4716 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT, or visit the firm’s website at www.midwestfolding.com.
Midwest Folding Products CaddyCaution and instruction labels on the recalled caddiesThe new brackets and new warning and instruction labels
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
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to 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 30 years.
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