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Yamaha recalls 900 piano benches due to violation of lead paint standard

Paint on interior of unit found to have excessive amounts of lead

WASHINGTON – Yamaha Corp. has recalled about 900 benches sold with grand pianos due to concerns they violate federal lead paint standards.

Yamaha recallThis is the bench sold with Yamaha grand piano
The company announced the recall after it found that the paint on the interior of the bench contained an excessive amount of lead.

While there have not been any adverse health effects directly resulting from the violation, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has advised consumers to immediately remove the recalled benches from areas children frequent in the home.

Made in Indonesia, the benches were sold at piano stores nationwide from January 2009 through November 2016.

The recall specifically involves piano bench model number 3 I PM/PAW that was sold with Yamaha grand piano model GB1K PM/PAW. These benches have a brown wood finish, a brown padded leather seat and a compartment under the seat. It also has a manufacturing date code between 08 07 and 16 08 for year and month. It along with the model number and Yamaha Corporation are printed on a white label on the interior compartment.

A list of piano serial numbers sold with a bench being recalled is at http://4wrd.it/benchrecall.

Consumers have been advised to contact Yamaha Corp. toll free at 844-703-5446 for information on returning the piano bench for a free replacement bench.

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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