Target recalls women's boots because heel can break off

Friday, February 18th 2005, 11:57 am
By: News On 6

WASHINGTON (AP) _ Target Corp. is recalling about 135,000 pairs of women's boots because the heels can come off and cause the wearer to fall, the Consumer Product Safety Commission said Friday.

Target Corp., of Minneapolis, Minn., has received 19 complaints of heels breaking off, including one report of a sprained ankle.

The Merona Womens sidezip boot comes in black or brown with a 3-inch heel in sizes 5 1/2 through 11. The style numbers included in this recall are 096-10-1180 through 1190 for the black boots and 096-10-1200 through 1210 for the brown boots. These numbers appear on the interior zipper liner along with the words, ``All Man Made Materials,'' ``Made in China,'' ``Merona'' and ``ENA''.

The boots, manufactured in China, were sold at Target stores nationwide and through Target's Web site from July 2004 through January 2005 for about $25.

Consumers should stop wearing the boots immediately and return them to the nearest Target store for a full refund. They can call Target at 1-800-821-8684 for more information.