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Joint Press Release with the Consumer Affairs AgencyRecall of Shelves (for Washstands) Produced by Takara Standard Co., Ltd. (Inspection, Free of Charge and on a Voluntary Basis)

A serious accident occurred involving a shelf (for a washstand) produced by Takara Standard Co., Ltd., when a person (in her/his eighties) was using the shelf, which was mounted to a wall, and it came off the wall, fell down on the user, and caused her/him to fall and injure her/his lower back.

The Ministry of Economy, Trade and Industry (METI) received a report of the incident as “a serious product accident” in accordance with Article 35 (1) of the Consumer Product Safety Act and announced it as an accident related to a product other than a gas or oil appliance as well as an accident of unclear origin in a product on December 11, 2015. The cause of the accident is under investigation.

From February 9, 2016, the company will conduct inspections and repairs of the products in question including the same model as the product above to prevent further accidents.

METI would like to alert consumers who have purchased these products so that they may make use of the inspection and repair services offered by the company in order to prevent any further accidents.

1. Nature of the accident and recurrence-prevention measures

The basic policy of Japan is to promote nuclear reprocessing and to make use of retrieved plutonium in this process. (“Strategic Energy Plan”, approved by the Cabinet in April 2014). Along with this policy, electric power utilities have been jointly conducting nuclear reprocessing projects, and also have deposited necessary funds in their own right to cover reprocessing costs under the existing Spent Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Fund Act.

However, the business environment for the power industry is likely to change due to growing market competition along with electricity market reforms, which will start in April 2016. Such changes may exert negative impacts on the financial conditions of electric power utilities, and consequently, bring both uncertainty in collecting funds and difficulties for electric power utilities to mutually cooperate in conducting nuclear reprocessing projects.

In order to address these risks under such new business environment, the Cabinet Office decided to approve the amendment bill to the “Spent Nuclear Fuel Reprocessing Fund Act”, which establishes secured funds for expenses for the steady and efficient reprocessing operations of spent nuclear fuel.

2. Outline of the Bill

1) Nature of the accident

A serious accident occurred involving a shelf (for a washstand) produced by Takara Standard Co., Ltd., when a person (in her/his eighties) was using the shelf, which was mounted to a wall, and it came off the wall, fell down on the user, and caused her/him to fall and injure her/his lower back.
Only this accident was reported as a serious product accident in accordance with Article 35 (1) of the Consumer Product Safety Act (Control No. A201500556).

Although the cause of the accident is under investigation, the company has determined that the product came off the wall on which it was mounted due to multiple factors such as the possible influence of long-term deterioration, oxidation, and weakening caused by pharmaceutical products, in addition to vibrations from the surroundings in the place where the product was installed.

In addition, two accidents were reported to the National Institute of Technology and Evaluation (NITE) as product accidents that do not fall under Article 35 (1) of the Consumer Product Safety Act. The cause of one of the accidents is under investigation, while the investigation of the other accident was completed, concluding that the cause was unknown.

2) Recurrence-prevention measures

On February 9, 2016, the company announced on its website and in newspapers that it will start accepting requests for inspections of the products in question including the same model as the product above regarding the conditions of how they are mounted as well as for repairs free of charge.

2. Products to be recalled: description of the products, how to identify the products

1) Products in question

Product name Model number Date of manufacture Quantity
Washstand (two mirrors) SJ-75M2JK SCU-75M2K From February 2002 to October 2005 31,833
Washstand (three mirrors) SJ-75M3JK SCU-75M3PK 69,638
SJ-75M3RK SCU-75M3RK
Total 101,471*

Note: Out of all the products in question, 11,342 have been reinforced.

2) How to identify the products in question

Model number information sticker
Month code chart
A January G July
B February H August
C March I September
D April J October
E May K November
F June L December

How to interpret the manufacturing number
TD 10 03 → Manufactured on April 10, 2003 Month, Day, Last two digits of year

TB 01 02 – TJ 31 05 are the manufacturing numbers of the products in question
(From February 1, 2002 to October 31, 2005)

The model number and manufacturing number are indicated behind the mirror door as shown below.

3. Actions by the company

The company will inspect the conditions of how the products are mounted and repair the products in question free of charge.

4. Notice by the company

Posted to website: February 9 (Tues.), 2016
Announcement in newspapers: February 9 (Tues.), 2016

5. Alert to consumers

Anyone who has purchased any of the above products should immediately contact the company using the information provided below.

6. Inquiries about products to be recalled

Contact counter

Takara Standard Co., Ltd.
Telephone (toll free): 0120-557-910
Service hours: From 9:00 to 18:00 (every day excluding Saturdays, Sundays, holidays, and summer and New Year holidays)
The company’s website: http://www.takara-standard.co.jp/oshirase/index.htmlExternal Site Link (in Japanese)

Takara Standard contact counter regarding the news release

General Affairs Department, Takara Standard Co., Ltd.
Telephone: 06-6962-1500

Release date

February 9, 2016

Divisions in charge

Product Accident Information and Analysis Office,
Product Safety Division, Commerce, Distribution and Industrial Safety Policy Group

Related Information

Product Safety
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