Hand trucks used to move heavy objects top this week’s list of recalled products. If the tires are overinflated they could explode, possibly causing pieces of the wheel to become projectiles. Several serious injuries have been reported.
Here’s a rundown of consumer product recalls this week:
DETAILS: Hand trucks made by Harper Trucks Inc. of Wichita, Kan. They were sold at Home Depot stores from September 2008 through March 2009 and Sam’s Club from January 1993 through January 2002.
WHY: When the tires are overinflated, they can explode. That can cause the wheel hub to separate or break, ejecting pieces of the hub, and putting bystanders at risk of injury.
INCIDENTS: Harper Trucks has received 19 reports of overinflated tires exploding that resulted in 19 injuries, including broken bones, loss of sight in one eye, bruises and cuts.
HOW MANY: About 292,000.
FOR MORE: Call 800-835-4099; visit www.harpertrucks.com ; email wheels(at)harpertrucks.com.
DETAILS: Several models of Trek 2012 FX and District bicycles imported by Trek Bicycle Corp. of Waterloo, Wis. The Chinese-made bikes were sold at specialty bicycle retailers nationwide from May 2011 to September. The affected 2012 models include the Trek 7.2 FX, 7.3 FX, 7.4 FX, AND 7.5 FX; District, and 9th District bicycle models: WSD, Livestrong and Disc. The model name is found on the bicycle’s frame.
WHY: The bolt that secures the seat saddle clamp to the seat post can break, which could cause the rider to fall.
INCIDENTS: Four reports of incidents, with one injury involving a broken tooth and lip.
HOW MANY: About 27,000.
FOR MORE: Call 800-373-4594; visit www.trekbikes.com .
DETAILS: Glider reclining chairs with ottomans imported by Big Lots, of Columbus, Ohio. The recall involves recliners and ottomans on circular swivel bases, with cushions covered either in light brown or green microfiber fabric, or dark brown simulated leather. The Chinese-made furniture was sold at Big Lots stores nationwide from January 2005 through December 2009. A label under the seat of the chair identifies the manufacturer as Dongguan Shindin Metal & Plastic Products Ltd.
WHY: An exposed gap between the moving parts of the chair and the base framework can allow toddlers and infants to get trapped between the parts. Other exposed moving parts of the chair and ottoman could put older children and adults at risk of getting a finger pinched or crushed.
INCIDENTS: Two reports of children younger than 2 who were found trapped at the neck between horizontal components of the frame at the back of the chair. In both incidents, adults were able to release the children, who suffered no permanent injuries.
HOW MANY: About 375,000.
FOR MORE: Call 866-244-5687; visit www.biglots.com .
OFF-ROAD ELECTRIC UTILITY VEHICLES
DETAILS: Bad Boy Buggies off-road utility vehicles manufactured by BB Buggies Inc., of Augusta, Ga., and Bad Boy Enterprises LLC of Natchez, Miss. The electric vehicles were sold at Bad Boy Buggy dealers nationwide from August 2009 through June 2011.This recall includes the Bad Boy LT, Classic, XT, XTO and XT Safari model electric off-road utility vehicles. The U.S.-manufactured vehicles have four wheels and bench seats for the operator and passengers and were sold in camouflage patterns, hunter green, red and black.
WHY: The steering assembly arm can break, and cause the driver to lose control and possibly crash.
INCIDENTS: The company has received 15 reports of the steering assembly arm breaking. No injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 3,200 (Bad Boy Classic buggies were previously recalled in October 2009 and in December 2010).
FOR MORE: Call 855-738-3711; visit www.badboybuggies.com .
DETAILS: GE Monogram Pro Rangetop with Grill imported by General Electric Appliances, of Louisville, Ky. The Mexican-made range tops were sold at GE-authorized representatives and distributors nationwide from May 2008 through August 2011. The units are either 36 or 48 inches wide, with a stainless steel finish and the GE Monogram badge located on the front center of range top.
WHY: Burners on a range top operating on liquefied petroleum ? known as LP or propane ? may fail to ignite or light if the gas control knob is left in a position between OFF and LITE. That poses a risk of delayed ignition, or explosion.
INCIDENTS: GE has received six reports involving explosions in units operating on LP gas, including reports of damage to kitchen cabinets beneath the range top. No fires or injuries have been reported.
HOW MANY: About 470.
FOR MORE: Call 866-645-3956; visit www.geappliances.com/products/recall .
POURABLE GEL FUEL
DETAILS: Fireside Gel Fuel Bottles distributed by Evergreen Enterprises, of Richmond, Va. and manufactured by 2 Burn Inc., of Milwaukee, Wis. The recalled bottles were sold at independent retailers from December 2010 through September 2011. The pourable gel fuel is in 30-ounce plastic bottles and sold with or without citronella oil. Gel fuel is poured into a stainless steel or ceramic cup in the center of ceramic or glass firepots or other decorative lighting devices and ignited.
WHY: The fuel can ignite unexpectedly and splatter onto people and objects when it’s poured into a firepot that’s still burning, posing fire and burn hazards. This can occur if the consumer doesn’t see the flame, or isn’t aware that the firepot is still ignited.
INCIDENTS: None reported
HOW MANY: About 23,400 bottles.
FOR MORE: Call 877-558-1511; visit www.myevergreen.com .