Office Depot Joins The Recall Bandwagon: 1.4 Million Chairs Have "Fall Hazard"

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The chaps at General Motors must be breathing a small sigh of relief this morning as they are not the biggest 'recaller' headline of the day. Office Depot has decided to take some pressure off them...


The chairs were manufactured in China. The great news - for those not suffering broken backs, hips, or contusions - ODP will offer a merchandise credit of $55 (a 37.5% gain over the price of the $40 chair)... we smell a carry trade.



Office Depot Recalls Gibson Leather Task Chairs Due to Fall Hazard

Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Recall Summary

Name of Product: Office Depot® Gibson Leather Task Chairs

Hazard: The mounting plate weld can break and separate the seat from the base of the chair, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

Remedy: Refund

Recall Details

Units: About 1,400,000

Description: This recall involves Office Depot® Gibson Leather Task Chairs. The black, armless, adjustable chairs have a black base with five wheels. The affected chairs have the SKU number 105479 and the registration numbers PA 27248 (CN), PA 25498 (CN), PA 25276 (HK) or CA 35181 (RC) that can be found next to the words "Made in China" which is printed on a label located on the underside of the seats.

Injuries: Office Depot has received about 153 reports of the seat plate weld cracking or breaking, including 25 reports of contusions, abrasions and reports of injuries to the head, neck and a fractured back and hip which required medical attention.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the chairs and return them to any Office Depot store location for a $55 store merchandise credit.

Sold exclusively at: Office Depot retail stores and online from 2003 through 2012 for about $40.

Importer: Office Depot, Inc., of Boca Raton, Fla. and by Swinton Avenue Trading, a division of Office Depot, Inc., formerly of Delray Beach, Fla.

Manufacturers: Victory Land Ent. Co., Ltd., of Taiwan and Wonderful Year Co., Ltd; China Power Flamingo Ltd.; and Anji Wanan Furniture Co., Ltd. of China.

Manufactured in: China

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Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:03 | 4784776 Sudden Debt
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Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:06 | 4784786 Smegley Wanxalot
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It would be pretty bad for that seat plate to break and the extention tube to slide right up someone's ass.  No doubt, though, that the lucky recipient of such an unfortunate occurence will be a hero at the next pride parade.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:07 | 4784792 Sudden Debt
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that non-lubed feeling :)

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:15 | 4784824 ParkAveFlasher
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Recall the chairs that you may fall off of, then recall the next shoe that may drop, and then recall that shit that keeps hitting the fan.  TOTAL RECALL, BITCHEZ

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:39 | 4784920 Oh regional Indian
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Seems pretty clear to me that these chairs were designed to be used only in the spring, summer and winter...

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:51 | 4784956 CheapBastard
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Thu, 05/22/2014 - 12:22 | 4785115 Vampyroteuthis ...
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Maybe fat ass 'mericans will get up and walk a little. Where is my soda??

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:17 | 4785328 bania
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million to one shotdoc, million to one.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:54 | 4784969 pods
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Went to HD last night.  Dryer belt broke, and me being handy, I figued I would slap a new one on after dinner. Looked up the PN and size and off we went.

Was ambushed by the appliance lady with the "Can I help you?" attack.  It was fine cause I actually wanted something in her dept.  Told her what I needed and then:

"Sorry sir, we don't carry appliance parts anymore.  Too expensive for inventory."  She then handed me a card of a HD outsource place that she said I could call, spanish side up on the card mind you.

Drove home, two clicks on Amazon and it will be here tomorrow.  Too much in inventory?  For a $9 belt?

FUCK HD.  You cannot trust them on just about anything anymore. All power tools have been "walmarted" and most hand tools have been too.  Now they don't even stock shit in a store anymore unless it is a big ticket item.  Die a horrible death HD.  



Thu, 05/22/2014 - 12:16 | 4785088 TeamDepends
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Did you find everything you need?  (mandatory zombie cashier question)

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 13:05 | 4785292 Miffed Microbio...
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I bought a high end drill and reciprocating saw for Mr many years ago at HD and after 6 months of moderate use ( We were doing a remodel) they were done. I was completely dumbfounded and pissed off. They weren't cheap and it was my gift to him from a small bonus I got. A contractor friend took me to White Cap and I got replacements from the warranty. He told me HD contracts such a large volume of tools they get a sizable discount and often get substandard parts installed. So I learned a big lesson not to trust brand names at a large retailer.


Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:58 | 4784989 Quus Ant
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Chairs and cars assembled in America with parts from where?  China is pulling their crappy rugs from under our dainty, deliriously dancing feet. 

Kick it Pharrell!

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:08 | 4784795 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Yeah exactly, do they at least load test a few chairs in each manufacturing run first and secondly if they even do that do they load test them for the fact Americans on the average 190+ lbs. Knowing the chinese they probably load test it with some factory worker named Wang who weighs 150 lbs when wet and pass it based on that.


Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:53 | 4784951 PT
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Oh, I'm going with conspiracy theories:
1.  Acquire all manufacturing from victim country through massive cheap labour.
2.  Wait for manufacturing infrastructure and know-how in victim country to disappear.
3.  Send shoddy goods to hasten collapse.

The little flaw in my theory is that they never waited before enacting step 3, but it doesn't look like that had any ill effects on the plan.

But your idea is good too. 

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:57 | 4785755 Kayman
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"Knowing the chinese" they agreed to a price and then made the product to that price level, no testing.

The Chinese are masters at putting silica into metals so you are really buying sand with some metal content.

All politicians that got this China one-way trade deal going should be dragged out of their beds at 3am and shot.  This country is fucked.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:09 | 4784800 Dewey Cheatum Howe
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Yeah exactly, do they at least load test a few chairs in each manufacturing run first and secondly if they even do that do they load test them for the fact Americans on the average 190+ lbs. Knowing the chinese they probably load test it with some factory worker named Wang who weighs 150 lbs when wet and pass it based on that.


Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:17 | 4784831 Miffed Microbio...
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Our 2 employees that exceed 500lbs have specially constructed reinforced chairs that cost the company thousands. They look like small love seat tanks. My complaint is if they roll around in them ( funny, they rarely get out of them unless they have to) they block the hallways and there is simply no way to get around. I guess standards for hallway passages hasn't caught up with new American sizes. It would be interesting to see what would happen if we had a fire.


Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:30 | 4784884 nope-1004
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Are you saying you're racist against big, fat, lazy co workers?  C'mon man.... they are just as able as you, when in lock down position stapled to a luv seat.

Truth is these chairs were made in China and load tested using cheap imported/recycled steel for 150 lbs.  Average Merikan cubicle workers is double that, I'm sure.


BTW, I didn't down vote u.  I totally agree and a fire would be interesting - does fat burn?  lol.


Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:47 | 4784939 Miffed Microbio...
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Well. One is Samoan and the other is white. Just as capable may be debatable because they rely on others if anything falls on the floor and use the overhead intercom to ask people to come to them because it is too difficult for them to leave their seats. I'm assuming someone ties their shoes in the morning. Perhaps the down votes are those who are a bit sensitive to their expansive girth. I was not meaning to be offensive, just illuminating the truth of my work environment today. I guess to some that is offensive.


Thu, 05/22/2014 - 12:42 | 4785201 TeamDepends
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Tell us, do these gastropods eat their fair share of donuts, or are they allowed to gorge uninterrupted due to political correctness?  Enquiring minds want to know!

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 14:00 | 4785489 Jlasoon
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God I love "Land-Whales". I mean do these people not own a mirror? Hey asshole, have you heard of a carrot or banana? And no I'm not talking about carrot cake or deep fried banana. Go pick blueberries and stop grossing us out with your deep fried mac cheese.

No wonder everyone needs a McMansion and a ginormous SUV. That adipose tissue flopping around like a retarded squirrel is getting a little out of hand.    

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:20 | 4784839 _SILENCER
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My thought exactly...a preponderance of Big Gulp slurping fatasses, plopped in front of their desks, surfing  facebook.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:37 | 4784904 Squid Viscous
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just bought one, will come in handy for my disability claim... i've fallen and it hurts everywhere, can't work, no way, put me on the list Obozo....

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:59 | 4784996 silentboom
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What a coincidence my chair caused a gas explosion which leveled my garage.  Funny how that happens.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:04 | 4784778 Gaius Frakkin' ...
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Wow... I guess you can only make something so cheap before it loses its purpose. Damn reality and lower bounds.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:11 | 4784787 Sudden Debt
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made in America?


But at least you can be sure that those chairs where never used by Government personel.

Those asses only sit on $500 chairs.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:27 | 4784872 JRobby
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$500 stools. The chairs cost $2,500. The rest of us have our stools pushed in for us by BIG GOV!

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:09 | 4784805 Shizzmoney
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They also do these things called, "drop tests", where they drop the product and see what happens.

At my old job, the Chinese vendors would lie ALL THE TIME about thes testing.  

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:12 | 4784816 Sudden Debt
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The Chinese Child Adoption Center?


I don't know... I don't even think you're supposed to drop them..

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:06 | 4784783 papaswamp
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...and in other news...American Eagle Outfitters is closing 150 stores...more 20 somethings back to M&Ds garage.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:15 | 4784826 codecode
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buy clothes at Costco - match everyone else that way...

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:26 | 4784864 papaswamp
Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:20 | 4784843 Headbanger
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It's becoming more like M&Ds tent!

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:08 | 4784797 buzzsaw99
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million to one shot doc! [/frank costanza]

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:09 | 4784799 Shizzmoney
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Fucking NeoLiberalism man

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:09 | 4784801 youngman
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a $40 get what you pay for....I assume its a desk chair....

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:09 | 4784803 ebworthen
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Cheap, cheap, cheap - crap, crap, crap.

Bet if they tested the materials they'd be full of toxic waste.

Bought a similar chair at Staples about five years ago, the seating surface and padding disintegrated within two years (cracked, flaked, crumbled, turned to dust).

Similar fabric chair I bought in 1989 made in U.S.A. still going strong (probably the last year of production).

BTW - pet jerky treats from China are killing dogs, thousands, they aren't sure why:


Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:11 | 4784813 Shizzmoney
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I have a porcelain white plate made in Ohio.  I've had it since 2005 and haven't had one scratch, one dent, and still as easy to clean as when I got it. 


Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:31 | 4784892 Miffed Microbio...
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I've been trying to find a good replacement for my plastic BPA free water bottles I use during exercise. Something tells me they probably aren't much better than regular plastic. I was looking into stainless steel until a friend pointed out all the steel from china is notoriously loaded with lead. So I settled on glass ( not sure how they can fuck that up) but I'm not thrilled with the silicone covering. I wish this country would return to its manufacturing roots before we all are completely poisoned along with the dogs.


Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:09 | 4784804 pods
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Must be the Chinese calculations of applied force on said seat plate might have had a lower value for mass than what is being seen in use?


Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:10 | 4784808 Eugend66
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Five stars for this article! I`ll come back for the comments. :-)

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:20 | 4784841 QQQBall
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Merchandise credit. hahahha

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:20 | 4784844 thamnosma
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I was reaching up for some jerky treats for my dog and the damn chair I was standing on broke.  Who do I sue?

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:21 | 4784852 Atomizer
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What lobbyist/Government official greased the wheel to budget spending on this Chinese chair? Check their taxpayer expense reports. Don't forget the Office Depot purchasing VP travel receipts.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:22 | 4784856 cowdiddly
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AND, We will not refund your money for breaking your fat ass but feel free to buy 55 dollars of our other cheap plastic crap.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:46 | 4784938 BeetleBailey
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yes...and make sure your fat ass is lubed....before you sit your big fucking rump in our plastic shit from the land of Chinkdom

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:27 | 4784865 Spungo
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The chair works fine. Being 350 pounds is the problem. I only weigh about 150 and I've broken lots of chairs by leaning back constantly. 

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:27 | 4784875 papaswamp
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Adult obesity rate continues to rise...

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:28 | 4784881 orangegeek
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No big deal.  US companies make payment to Chinese companies optional.

Thu, 05/22/2014 - 11:32 | 4784885 Atomizer
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Those chair legs where build on surplused Cape Coral Florida Chinese drywall.



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