Recall alert: Costco recalls 70K shower benches after reports of collapse, injuries

Approximately 70,000 teak shower benches sold at Costco are being recalled after more than 80 reports of the 20-inch items breaking, with at least four related injuries.

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The benches subject to recall were manufactured by Ivena International, according to a notice posted by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

According to the CPSC website, there have been 81 reported incidents where consumers in the U.S. and Canada said the benches either collapsed, broke during use or fell apart. Four people were reportedly hurt due to falls caused by the product breaking.

The four injuries included a fractured tailbone, head and body aches and bruising, according to the CPSC.

“Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled shower benches and return them to Costco for a full refund,” the CPSC recall states. “Costco is contacting all purchasers directly.”

The benches were sold exclusively at Costco nationwide and on Costco.com from October 2018 through June 2021, the CPSC said. The benches sold for about $80 in stores and $90 online, the recall states.

According to the recall notice, the benches were manufactured in Indonesia and are made of light-brown teak with padding on the feet. The seat and bottom shelf have a row of wood paneling.

“The item number 1049998 and UPC 8886474018015 were printed on the packaging,” the CPSC said.

According to a label on the bench, the product was made from “100% wood from well-managed forests.”

For more information about the recall, consumers should call Ivena at 844-818-9388 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PDT Monday through Friday. Consumers can also email QA@ivenainternational.com, according to a notice posted on Costco’s website.