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OfficeMax recalls rolling chairs that can collapse during use

September 1, 2009 | 12:28 pm

Unsteady seat -- recalled OfficeMax chair OfficeMax Inc. and the Consumer Product Safety Commission are recalling about 216,000 OfficeMax Task Chairs because the back and base post of the chairs can break and cause users to fall.

The commission said that OfficeMax received about 35 reports of chair backs or posts breaking, including 15 reports of injuries involving lacerations, muscle strains, contusions and concussions.

The recall involves OfficeMax Task Chairs with model numbers OM182 and OM96614. The model number can be found under the chair’s seat on a white UPC label. The chairs are charcoal or dark charcoal in color and have black plastic arms and a rolling plastic-and-metal base.

The chairs were made in China and sold from September 2003 through July 2008 at OfficeMax stores nationwide, on the firm’s website,  via  OfficeMax catalogs and through direct commercial sales to businesses. The chairs cost between $40 and $65.

Consumers should immediately stop using the chairs and return them to any OfficeMax store for a full refund or a $55 gift card if they don't have a receipt, the commission said.

For additional information, consumers can contact OfficeMax at (800) 283-7674 or visit the firm’s website at

-- Sherine El Madany

Photo: One of the recalled chairs. Credit: Consumer Product Safety Commission