Office Depot Chair Recall Injury Lawyers
Our dangerous products lawyers are currently investigating personal injury lawsuits on behalf of individuals who were injured due to defective Office Depot chairs.
On May 22, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of Office Depot Gibson Leather Task Chairs after it came to their attention that at least 153 consumers had reported seat failures. To date, at least 25 people have been injured when the seatback cracked and failed, causing them to fall. Only five days later, the CPSC announced that they had reached a $3.4 million settlement with Office Depot for their failure to address reports of seatback failures in a timely manner.
If you were injured falling from a defective Office Depot chair, you could be entitled to compensation.
1.4 Million Office Depot Desk Chairs Recalled: Fall and Laceration Risk
The CPSC issued a recall of roughly 1.4 million Office Depot Gibson leather chairs on May 22 when it was determined that the plate holding seatbacks in place may crack, causing the seatback to come away from the chair and posing a significant risk of a fall and injury. At the time of the recall, at least 25 injuries had been reported, ranging from contusions, head and neck injuries, abrasions, and even a fractured back and hip suffered by individuals who fell when the chairs they were sitting in fell apart.
The CPSC stated that the risk of a fall is higher with these chairs than with similar office chairs because Gibson chairs have no arm rests, so it is nearly impossible for users to race themselves to prevent a fall.
These chairs were manufactured in China and sold exclusively in Office Depot stores, though they were available online from other retailers. Office Depot Gibson chairs cost roughly $40, and the company is offering a $55 store credit for individuals who purchased these defective chairs. If your chair was included in the recall, you are advised to stop using it immediately and return it to an Office Depot store.
Office Depot fined by CPSC for Failure to Report Problems with Office Chairs
On May 27, the CPSC announced that they had reached a $3.4 million settlement agreement with Office Depot when their investigation showed that the company had been negligent in failing protect consumers from their defective desk chairs. According to the CPSC statement, Office Depot had received 186 complaints about the seatbacks of their Quantum desk chairs becoming detached. These also complaints contained 39 reports of injuries.
The Consumer Product Safety Act mandates that product defects which may pose a risk of serious injury must be reported to the CPSC within 24 hours of the receipt of an incident report or if a defect is suspected. The CPSC found that Office Depot never reported potential defects in their Quantum chairs, even when they reported defects with their recently recalled Gibson chairs.
Were you Injured by a Recalled Office Depot Chair?
If you or someone you love fell from a recalled Office Depot Gibson or Quantum chair and suffered injury, you could be entitled to substantial compensation for your damages. Contact our experienced product liability lawyers to learn more in a free legal consultation.