Bethesda, Maryland, USA: The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, CPSC, announced on Thursday that Werner Ladder issued a recall of 78,000 of its multi-purpose telescoping aluminum ladders because they can break while in use, posing a fall hazard to the user.
“This recall involves five models of aluminum telescoping ladders that can be used in five different positions (twin step ladder, stairway step ladder, extension ladder, wall ladder and as two scaffold bases),” the CPSC said in a statement. “The date code is stamped on the inside of the outer leg of the ladder, beneath the bottom step. The model number is printed on a label located on the side of the ladder rail. The recalled ladders have a load capacity of 375 lbs.”
The ladders were sold at Home Depot and Lowe’s stores nationwide from April through May 2018 and cost between $180 and $275.
Customers who bought any of the ladders are urgently advised to stop using them and get a refund from the store where they were purchased.
The CPSC said there has been at least one incident of a person getting injured after falling from one of the ladders.
A full list of the model numbers included in the recall;
|Model Number||Date Codes||Ladder Size|
|MT-IAA-13A||121744XX or 011844XX||13 feet|
The ladders being recalled with recall number 18-179 are manufactured in China and imported by Werner Co, of Greenville, Pennsylvania.
“This recall was conducted, voluntarily by the company, under CPSC’s Fast Track Recall process. Fast Track recalls are initiated by firms, who commit to work with CPSC to quickly announce the recall and remedy to protect consumers”, CPSC said.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to help ensure the safety of consumer products – such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly-announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.