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Gruga Office Chairs recalled by Sauder Woodworking Company Due to Fall Hazard

U.S. Consumer Product Safety CommissionWashington, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. The plate for the seat can break causing a fall hazard.

It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Product Information

Name of Product: Gruga Office Chairs

Units: About 70,000 in the United States and 2,300 in Canada

Importer: Sauder Woodworking Company, of Archbold, Ohio

Hazard: The seat plate can break, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Sauder Woodworking Company has received 17 reports of seat plates breaking, two of which involved consumers falling and receiving bumps and bruises.

Description: The recalled chairs are entertainment, executive, manager’s and task chairs with the brand name “GRUGA – Seating from Sauder.” The chairs are sold in a variety of fabrics and colors. The model number and Universal Product Code (UPC) are on a tag attached to the bottom of the seat. A blue date code is stamped on the legal disclaimer label on the underside of the chair seat. Recalled chairs are dated August 2009 and later. The following chair models have been recalled:

Description Model UPC
Black Fabric Butterfly Chair 403612 042666601627
Executive Chair Leather Brown 404237 042666604659
Executive Chair Leather Black 404238 042666604666
Executive Chair Fabric Black 404240 042666604680
Executive Chair Leather Black 404241 042666604697
Manager’s Chair Fabric Black 404242 042666604703
Manager’s Chair Leather Black 404243 042666604710
Task Chair Fabric Black 404244 042666604727
Task Chair Fabric Black 404245 042666604734
Task Chair Fabric Black 404246 042666604741
Exec Chair Leather Black 404260 042666604888
Manager’s Chair Fabric Black 404261 042666604895
Executive Chair Fabric Silver/Brown 404279 042666605335
Executive Chair Leather Burnt Brown 404281 042666605359
Air Seat Managers Chair 404370 042666605373
Black Micro Fabric Executive 404398 042666607742
Premium Executive Leather 405147 042666609678
Premium Executive Fabric 407688 042666609685
Fabric Manager’s Chairs 407702 042666609708
Leather Manager’s Chair 407894 042666609722
Deluxe Fabric Task Chair 407895 042666609739
Executive Fabric Mesh Chair 407896 042666609746
Executive Mesh Back Chair 407897 042666609920
Task Chair 408989 042666104920
Vinyl Manager’s Chair 408993 042666101561
Deluxe Leather Executive Chair 409977 042666101578
X-Vibe Entertainment Chair 410409 042666105187
X-Vibe Entertainment Chair 410573 042666105170
Duraplush Mid Manager’s Chair 410593 042666104883
Duraplush Manager’s Chair 410879 042666104890
Air Comfort Executive Chair 412429 042666109284


For photos of all 31 chairs, go to www.Sauder.com and click on Safety Notices, then click on the link for model numbers, descriptions and UPCs.

Sold at: Meijer, Menards, Shopko and Target and a variety of retail outlets nationwide, and online retailers including BestBuy.com and Kohls.com from August 2009 to September 2012 for between $79.00 and $399.00.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled chairs and contact Sauder for a free replacement seat plate and attachment tool.

Consumer Contact: Sauder Woodworking Company; toll-free 888.800.4590, from 8:00am to 5:00pm ET Monday through Friday, or www.Sauder.com and click on Safety Notices for more information.

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 www.SaferProducts.gov

About the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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.

Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or resell this or any other recalled product.

To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, go online to: SaferProducts.gov, call CPSC’s Hotline at 800.638.2772 or teletypewriter at 301.595.7054 for the hearing and speech impaired. Consumers can obtain this news release and product safety information at www.cpsc.gov. To join a free e-mail subscription list, please go to www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.aspx.


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