Consumer product recall

Kennedy International Small and Medium Folding Step Stools

Starting date:
May 10, 2012
Posting date:
May 10, 2012
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Household Items, Miscellaneous
Source of recall:
Health Canada
General Public (GP)
Identification number:

Joint Recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC), and Kennedy International, INC.

Affected products

Kennedy International Small and Medium Folding Step Stools

Product description

This recall involves all colours and combinations of (9 inches) and 33 centimeters (13 inches) Kennedy International Folding Step Stools. The style number is 3575 for the 23 centimeters (9 inches) stool and 3576 for the 33 centimeters (13 inches) stool.

Hazard identified

The folding step stool may collapse unexpectedly when in use. This can result in a fall-related injury to the user.

Kennedy International is aware of at least 15 reports of incidents involving step stools cracking or breaking, including three reports of injuries to consumers using the stools. Injuries included two reports of back injuries and one report of a fractured leg.

Health Canada has not received any reports of incidents or injuries to Canadians related to the use of this product.

Number sold

Approximately 64,000 units of the recalled step stools were sold at Winners and HomeSense stores across Canada.

In the United States, approximately 1.6 million units of the recalled step stools were sold.

Time period sold

The recalled step stools were sold from January 2010 to January 2012.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China.



Ningbo Tianqui Plastic Factory




Kennedy International Inc.


New Jersey


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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the affected step stools and return to the place of purchase for a refund.

For more information, consumers may contact Kennedy International, INC. at 1-855-270-8301 between 9 AM and 5 PM PT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website.

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission's website.