Card Table Recall: Walmart Customers' Fingers Amputated

Friday, 03 Jan 2014 06:37 AM

By Alexandra Ward

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Walmart issued a recall Thursday for a card table and chair set that is prone to collapsing suddenly, causing some victims to have entire fingers amputated.

About 73,400 of the Mainstays Five-Piece Card Table and Chair Sets sold between May and November were included in the recall, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. To date, Walmart has received 10 reports of injuries from the collapsing chairs, the most serious involving severed fingertip and fingers.

The product was manufactured by Dongguan Shin Din Metal & Plastic Products Co. in China and Taiwan, according to Walmart. The retail giant urged customers who purchased the card table to return it immediately for a full refund.

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This marked Walmart's second recall in recent weeks. The company also issued one for donkey meat that was reportedly sold at some of its stores in China after testing revealed that the product contained meat from other animals.

"We are deeply sorry for this whole affair," Walmart China president and CEO, Greg Foran, said in a statement. "It is a deep lesson (for us) that we need to continue to increase investment in supplier management."

Experts say the pair of recalls could damage the company's reputation long-term.

"This is another hit on Walmart's brand, meaning wealthy shoppers will start to lose the trust they had before," Shaun Rein, Shanghai-based managing director of China Market Research (CMR) Group, told Reuters.

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