The idea of swinging furniture is a soothing one: you climb in, set yourself to rocking, and away you go, blissfully swaying on a wave of relaxation. Unless, that is, the chair dumps you unceremoniously on the ground in the middle of your veg-out session. That’s why Pier 1 Imports is calling back 276,000 swinging chairs and stands, which can become unstable and lead to folks falling on their backsides.
The recall involves about 260,000 Swingasan chairs and stands, sold by Pier 1 Imports (and about 16,000 more in Canada), according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The chairs and stands were sold separately at Pier 1 Imports stores and online between January 2010 through August 2015, in various colors and designs.
So far, Pier 1 has received 101 reports of incidents with the chairs and stands, including 93 reports of the chair with the stand becoming unstable during use and tipping over. Those falls have led to 23 injuries so far. Eight reports of the suspension hardware failing has included four reports of injuries.
If you’ve purchased one of the chairs and/or stands, stop using it immediately and contact Pier 1 Imports for a free repair kit — or return the items to the store for a full refund. Owners of the Podasan Mocha and Orange Swingasan chairs will have to be happy with a refund, as there’s no repair kit for those models.
Check out the chart below to see if your chair model is included in the recall: