Thursday, November 10, 2011

Recall Announced for Dangerous Dolly

Pittsburgh workers in various aspects of service industry could be affected by a recall of certain loading dollies. Kansas based Harper Trucks has announced a wide-scale recall of its Hand Trucks or dollies as they are more commonly referred to. At the urging of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, Harper announced it would be recalling more than 290,000 hand trucks. The CPSC has warned that consumers should stop using Harper hand trucks immediately. The CPSC also advises that it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell recalled products.

Apparently when the tires are inflated beyond their standard pressure they have been found, in some cases, to explode. These explosions are reported to cause the wheel hub to separate or break off, which, under pressure, causes the hub pieces to spray out like shrapnel.

As of late October, 2011, Harper Trucks had received 19 reports of hand truck tires exploding and causing significant injuries. Injuries have been reported to range from broken bones, loss of sight in one eye, contusions and lacerations.

This recall involves Harper Trucks hand trucks that are depicted below. Hand trucks with two-piece, grey metal wheels are not included in this recall.

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