The federal government is recalling 1,000 recliner armchairs because the space between the chair’s seat and leg rest is big enough to trap a child’s head.
The chairs, made by Astro-Lounger Furniture Manufacturing Co. Inc. of Houkla, Miss., do not meet voluntary industry guidelines designed to prevent children from being strangled, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Tuesday.
The guidelines specify a space no bigger than 5 inches. But the AstroLounger chairs have a space of 6-3/4 inches, spokesman Ken Giles said.
The chairs, upholstered in beige, blue, brown or mauve fabric, have an “Astro-Lounger” label on the leg rest and were sold through furniture stores nationwide from 1990 to January 1994 for about $99, Giles said.
Chair owners should call the company at (800) 700-6945 to receive a free crossbar reducing the space. Under a recall, a firm can replace, refund or repair a product.