Kmart chair recalled due to ‘entrapment and laceration hazard’

Kristine Tarbert
·Features and Health Editor
·2-min read

Kmart Australia has re-issued a national recall notice on a popular brand of chair due to an ‘entrapment and laceration hazard’.

The metal chairs were available for sale in red, black and white from Kmart between July 2014 and March 2016, with the retailer again urging customers who still have the item to either return it, or organise a plug addition to "make it safe".

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These popular chairs were recalled due to ‘entrapment and laceration hazard’. Photo: Kmart

"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, of the Metal Chair (Red, Black & White)," the store wrote in a Facebook post sharing the recall notice.

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

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"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 plugs will be available by contacting our Kmart Customer Service team. 

"Alternatively customers can return the chairs for a full refund."

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The recall notice was orginally issued in 2016. Photo: Kmart

At least eight people had sliced their toes while using the chairs, it was reported in 2016, with one QLD man reportedly severing his toe when it got caught on the chair while he was wearing thongs.

The metal chairs were also available at Fantastic Furniture and Brayco.

“We encourage customers to cease using this product immediately and return to any Kmart store for a full refund, with or without a receipt,” Kmart's post continued.

“If you have any questions please contact our Customer Service team on 1800 124 125 Monday-Friday between 8am – 5pm AEST or visit www.kmart.com.au.”

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Kmart sold the chairs between 2014 and 2016. Photo: Getty

There were plenty of people who took to social media to reveal they weren’t aware of the original 2016 recall notice.

“Would be great if I knew about this when I still had the chairs. The amount of times I hurt myself, or the kids did, was ridiculous," one person said in a comment.

"What this is just coming out now??!" another said, before others pointed out the recall was being re-issued.

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