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TV Carts That Might Tip Recalled

May 24, 1999

WASHINGTON (AP) _ The manufacturer of some 2 million oak television carts that pose a danger of tipping over is offering a repair kit to keep them upright.

Sauder Woodworking Co. of Archbold, Ohio, has received 13 reports of carts tipping and televisions falling _ in one case fracturing the skull of a 3-year-old girl, the federal Consumer Product Safety Commission said Sunday.

``This is a hidden danger that you might not be aware of until it’s too late,″ said commission chairwoman Ann Brown.

The ready-to-assemble carts can hold both a TV set and a video cassette recorder. They feature a swivel on which the television can rest atop the cart and a bottom shelf with hinged double doors.

Involved in the recall are carts in brown oak (model 5155), black oak (model 5055) and white oak (model 5251). The model numbers are on the instruction booklet that accompanies the cart, and the name ``Sauder″ is on the caster or on a metal plate inside the cart’s door.

The carts measure about 30 inches wide, 25 inches high with the casters and 16 inches deep.

Discount stores, home centers and furniture stores nationwide sold the carts from March 1989 through September 1998 for about $35 to $49.

Owners should remove their televisions and VCRs from the carts immediately, the commission said.

Consumers can contact Sauder toll-free at 888-800-4590, between 7 a.m. and 11 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday, or through the company’s Web site at www.sauder.com. Sauder representatives will help owners determine if their cart is part of the recall and will send free repair kits.

The kit consists of wood pieces that can be installed to widen the base of the cart and prevent it from tipping over.

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