Vizio Inc. has recalled 245,000 of its 39-inch and 42-inch flat-panel televisions because the stands can fail and cause the TVs to unexpectedly tip over, injuring consumers. According to the recall report filed with the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the company has received 51 reports that its LED flat panel E390-B0, E390i-B0 or E420i-B0 televisions have tipped, but says no injuries have been reported. Vizio said the issue does not affect customers who have the television sets mounted to their walls, but “all customers with affected television units should still follow the directions in [the] notice to obtain a replacement stand for future use.” The company is extending the standard one-year warranty for the televisions, which were sold from December to June, to two years from the purchase date and is also replacing the stands on the affected televisions. The televisions were sold at Best Buy Co. Inc., Meijer Inc., Target Corp., Walmart Stores Inc. and other retail stores across the country, according to the CPSC.
Customers can enter their television’s serial number on Vizio’s website to determine whether their product is affected by the recall, Vizio said. A 2012 CPSC report found that 349 consumers, mostly children younger than age 9, were killed between 2000 and 2011 when televisions, appliances or furniture toppled onto them. The agency also estimated that more than 43,000 consumers are injured each year in tip-over incidents.
Furniture that can tip over easily cause safety hazards. The CPSC in January 2013 announced a recall of 18,300 children’s dressers made by Bexco Enterprises Inc. for its Million Dollar Baby brand, as well as dressers from Gemme Juvenile Inc., because three children have died after the furniture tipped over on them. The recalled dressers were sold at JCPenney and independent juvenile specialty stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com, BabiesRUs.com, BabyUniverse.com and other online retailers from January 2006 through June 2010 for between $230 and $300.
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