Home Depot Step Stool Recall Issued After Injury Reports
About 20,000 extendable stepstool ladders sold exclusively at Home Depot have been recalled, after multiple reports indicate that the inner and side walls may collapse suddenly, potentially causing serious injuries for consumers.
A Wing Enterprise Inc. Switch-it Stepladder/Stepstools recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on December 11, after the manufacturer received at least nine injury reports by customers.
The reports indicate that the inner rails separated from the outer rails, causing the user to fall. The severity of injuries has ranged from minor scrapes and contusions to a broken collar bone. Because the ladder extends to six feet high, the defect could pose a substantial risk for consumers who may fall, potentially landing on top of the dismantled aluminum pieces.
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The recalled ladders were manufactured in China by Suzhou Zhongchuang Aluminum Products Co. LTD. and imported by Wing Enterprise Inc., of Springville, Utah.
The Switch-it Type 1A stepladder/stepstools extend from a 2 foot stepstool to a 6 foot ladder, with a weight capacity of 300 pounds. The ladders are silver and have C-channel outer rails with orange rocker-type locks on each side to hold the outer rails to the inner rails. The words “Switch-it by Little Giant” appear on the top of the ladder in orange and white writing. Recalled Switch-it Type 1A models have part number “15124” on the notice label attached to the back of the outer rails and the following “date stamps” are located on the orange locks: 10622S,10623S, 10624S, 10721S, and 10722S.
The recalled stepstool ladders were sold exclusively at Home Depot stores and online at Homedepot.com from August 2012 to October 2012 for about $88.
The CPSC recommends that consumers immediately stop using the recalled stepstool ladders and contact Wing Enterprise at (855) 595-3378 for a free replacement of the front outer section. Consumers can also visit the company’s website at www.littlegiantladders.com/switch-it-recall for more information.
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