Kmart recalls metal chairs over 'entrapment and laceration' hazard 

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Kmart recalls a popular chair because there is an ‘entrapment and laceration’ hazard

  • Kmart re-issued a 2016 recall of its popular metal chairs in a statement Tuesday
  • The chairs were sold between July 2014 and March 2016 in red, black and white
  • Tapering inside the chair legs may lead to an entrapment or laceration hazard
  • In 2016, at least eight people were reported injured by the product’s defect 
  • Anyone with the chair is urged to either refund the item or pick up safety plugs 

Kmart has recalled a popular chair due to an ‘entrapment and laceration’ hazard after several people reportedly had their toes sliced by the seat. 

The retail giant re-issued a previous recall of its Metal Chair on Tuesday, which was first released in 2016, amid ongoing concerns for customers’ safety.  

The furniture item was sold at Kmart between July 2014 and March 2016 and was available in red, black, and white. 

‘At Kmart, we take the quality and safety of our products very seriously, which is why we are re-issuing a previous recall released in April 2016,’ the company said in an online. 

Kmart has re-issued a previous recall from five years ago amid ongoing safety concerns over their metal chairs

Kmart has re-issued a previous recall from five years ago amid ongoing safety concerns over their metal chairs

The popular chairs were sold at Kmart between July 2014 and March 2016, and were available in red, black, and white (pictured)

The recall was issued because of a 'entrapment and laceration hazard' posed by the chairs' legs

The popular chairs (pictured) were sold at Kmart between July 2014 and March 2016, and were available in red, black, and white

‘The tapering of the inside bottom of the chair legs may lead to an entrapment or laceration hazard.’

In 2016, thousands of the ‘Tolix’ style chairs, which were also sold at Brayco and Fantastic Furniture, were pulled from shelves amid reports at least eight people had their toes cut off by the sharp edges at the bottom. 

A Queensland man severed half of his toe after it got caught on the cafe chair while he was wearing thongs, while in a separate incident, an 11-year-old boy from the same state sliced his foot at a family BBQ. 

Anyone who still has the chair at home has been urged to cease using the product immediately or visit a store to collect parts that can prevent the hazard. 

‘Kmart can supply a free plug insert kit to customers and these plugs will need to be inserted into the legs of the chairs. Once the plugs have been inserted, customers can continue using the chairs,’ the company said in a Facebook post.

‘The plugs will be available by contacting our Kmart Customer Service team. Alternatively customers can return the chairs for a full refund, with or without a receipt. 

‘If you have any questions please contact our Customer Service team on 1800 124 125 Monday-Friday between 8.00am – 5.00pm AEST or visit www.kmart.com.au.’

Anyone who has the chair has been urged to cease use immediately and either return the product for a full refund or pick up plug inserts

Anyone who has the chair has been urged to cease use immediately and either return the product for a full refund or pick up plug inserts

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