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Pier 1 Imports recalls Temani wicker furniture

Officials say outdoor sets violate federal lead paint standard

pier 1 chairWASHINGTON – Top 100 company Pier 1 Imports is recalling 2,575 of its Temani wicker outdoor pieces sold in the U.S. and Canada because of a violation of federal lead paint standard.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said the sets, which include a chair, settee and ottoman can contain excessive amounts of lead, which can be harmful to children and adults.

About 2,500 of the units were sold in the U.S., and 75 were sold in Canada. No injuries or incidents have been reported related to the recalled items.

The Temani set is ivory colored and made with rattan and wicker. Made by PT Gimex Furniture Manufacturing Co. in Indonesia, it was sold exclusively at Pier 1 Imports stores nationwide and online at www.pier1.com from March 2014 to April 2017 for between $139 and $559. The pieces were sold without cushions.

The chair measures 29 inches wide, 29.5 inches deep and 35.5 inches high, the settee measures 51.5 inches wide, 29.5 inches deep and 35.5 inches high, and the ottoman measures 27 inches wide, 18 inches deep and 16 inches high. The furniture has a Pier 1 Imports logo on the underside of each chair, settee and ottoman. The recall involves only the ivory-colored set.

Consumers have been advised to stop using the recalled furniture immediately and return it to any Pier 1 Imports for a full refund or merchandise credit.

Consumers seeking further information can call Pier 1 toll free at 855-513-5140 from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. Central Time, Monday through Friday; 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Central Time, Saturday; or 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Central Time, Sunday; or visit www.pier1.com and click on the product notes and recalls link at the bottom of the page.

Pier1 officials did not respond to a request for comment.

Thomas RussellThomas Russell | Associate Editor, Furniture Today

I'm Tom Russell and have worked at Furniture/Today since August 2003. Since then, I have covered the international side of the business from a logistics and sourcing standpoint. Since then, I also have visited several furniture trade shows and manufacturing plants in Asia, which has helped me gain perspective about the industry in that part of the world. As I continue covering the import side of the business, I look forward to building on that knowledge base through conversations with industry officials and future overseas plant tours. From time to time, I will file news and other industry perspectives online and, as always, welcome your response to these Web postings.

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