John Lewis issues mattress topper recall over fire safety risks

Department store retailer John Lewis has issued a product recall on own brand mattress toppers due to a fire risk.

John Lewis has recalled its John Lewis Mattress Toppers – Light Cotton Topper / Sofa Bed Topper, with product codes including: 60701201, 60701202, 60701203, 60701204 and 60708301.

These were on sale during a period from 2 January 2017 to 11 August 2023.

Furthermore, the retailer has issued a recall on its John Lewis branded Goose Down and Duck Down Toppers, with product codes including 60703551, 60703552, 60703553, 60703554, 60700551, 60700552, 60700553, 60700554, 60702101, 60702102, 60702103 and 60702104.

These were on sale during a period from 6 January 2019 to 11 August 2023.

Detailed in the product recall, it states that the products do not meet fire safety requirements of the Furniture and Furnishings (Fire) (Safety) Regulations 1988, and if exposed to a naked flame, they could pose a fire hazard.

“John Lewis are recalling the product due to results of routine testing finding it did not meet the fire safety requirements. This means there is a potential risk of a fire hazard, if the product is exposed to a naked flame,” the retailer said.

In other news, the John Lewis Partnership is to appoint Will Kernan as a Non-Executive Director of the Partnership Board, with effect from 12 September 2023.

Will succeeds Nish Kankiwala, who assumed the role of the Partnership‘s Chief Executive Officer in March 2023, after serving as a Non-Executive Director on the Partnership Board for two years.

With a wealth of experience in the retail industry, Will has held several leadership positions. He most recently served as the CEO of River Island, before which he led the transformation and merger of Wiggle Chain Reaction Group, an online cycling and tri-sports specialist business, as its CEO.

Prior to joining Wiggle, he spent five years as the CEO of The White Company, and had a thirteen-year tenure at New Look, during which he assumed various roles ranging from Group Financial Director to Group Trading Director, COO, and ultimately Group Managing Director. Will is currently chairman of furniture and interiors brand Neptune.

Sharon White, Chairman of the John Lewis Partnership, said, “I’m delighted to welcome Will as the newest member of our Partnership Board. We’re fortunate to have his extensive experience and expertise, which will play a significant role in our ongoing transformation. As well as his outstanding retail experience Will brings real interest and support for the Partnership model.”

Will joins the Partnership Board’s independent Non-Executive Directors, Rita Clifton CBE who serves as Deputy Chairman; and Nicky Dulieu who is also Chair of the Audit and Risk Committee.

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