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About 124,000 office chairs with legs that break under pressure are recalled

That ergonomic desk chair that crashed under a coworker might not be the victim of your colleague’s tonnage. Maybe the chair is from Staples.

Legs with a tendency to break caused Staples to recall about 124,000 Hazen Mesh Task chairs. The ergonomic chairs, sold from October 2014 to April of this year at Staples stores and sites and quill.com, once retailed for $180. Most sites sold them for $100 to $120 at the time of recall.

Unlike the four-leg, wooden chairs usually associated with breaking under brobdingnagian bulk, the Hazen Mesh Task chair sits on a hydraulic base with five chrome wheel legs. Yet Staples admits to receiving 20 reports of chair legs breaking, three of which caused minor cuts and bruises in the fallen.

Customers should cease using the base, then contact Staples for a replacement base by phone (866-755-1321, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Eastern, Monday through Friday) or online.

David J. Neal: 305-376-3559, @DavidJNeal

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