WASHINGTON - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Wooden Hammock Stands

Units: About 30,000

Importer: Pottery Barn, of San Francisco, Calif.

Hazard: When used outdoors, the wood in the hammock stand can deteriorate over time and break, posing a risk of falls and lacerations to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Pottery Barn has received 12 reports of injuries requiring medical attention, including lacerations, neck and back pain, bruising, and one incident involving fractured ribs and about 50 reports of the hammock stand breaking.

Description: The wooden hammock stands measure about 154 ½ inches long by 53 ½ inches in height by 53 inches in width. There are two black metal brackets on the base and on the arms of the hammock stand. All Pottery Barn two pole wooden hammock stands sold from 2003 through 2008 are included in this recall.

Sold through: Pottery Barn catalog and the firm’s Web site from March 2003 through July 2008 for about $300.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should remove the two top side brackets of the hammock stand and dispose of the remaining portion of the hammock stand. Contact Pottery Barn to schedule a free pickup of the brackets and to receive a merchandise credit for the amount of the stand.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Pottery Barn toll-free at (888) 922-9245 anytime or visit the firm’s Web site at www.potterybarn.com.

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 SaferProducts.gov

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.

Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.

Source: U.S. Consumer Product Saftey Commission

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