Name of product: Hand trucks
Hazard: The wheel hub can separate or break and eject pieces during inflation, posing a risk of injury to the consumer and bystanders.
Consumer Contact: Cosco Home & Office Products toll-free at (888) 250-9299 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, email [email protected] or online at www.coscoproducts.com and click on Safety Notice at the top of the page for more information.
Units: About 273,000
Description: This recall involves Cosco Home & Office Products 3-in-1 convertible aluminum hand trucks. The handles can be moved to allow the hand truck to be used in a vertical or horizontal position. Recalled hand trucks have model numbers 12-301 ABL and 12-301 ABL1 and were manufactured from January 2009 to October 2011. The model number and manufacture date are on the Cosco label on the rear side of the bottom cross member.
Incidents/Injuries: Cosco has received 10 reports of wheel hubs separating or breaking and ejecting pieces including four reports of bruises and lacerations.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled hand trucks and contact Cosco for a free repair kit.
Sold at: Ace Hardware, Costco Wholesale Club, Lowe’s, Price Mart and United Stationers and online at The Home Depot.com from March 2009 to October 2011 for between $100 and $150 dollars.
Importer(s): Cosco Home & Office Products, of Columbus, Ind.
Manufactured in: China
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