About 292,000 Hand Trucks have been recalled by Harper Trucks Inc., of Wichita, Kan. When the tires are overinflated, they can explode causing the wheel hub to separate or break, ejecting pieces of the hub. This poses an injury hazard to bystanders. Harper Trucks has received 19 reports of overinflated tires exploding that resulted in 19 injuries, including broken bones, loss of sight in one eye, contusions and lacerations. “Harper Truck” and the model number can be found on an adhesive sticker on the hand truck frame’s cross member. Hand trucks with two-piece, grey metal wheels are not included in this recall.
The trucks were sold at The Home Depot from September 2008 through March 2009 and Sam’s Club from January 1993 through January 2002 for between $28 and $42. Consumers should stop using the product immediately and contact Harper Trucks for a free repair kit that includes either lock washers to secure the four bolts on the 3-piece, metal/chrome plated wheels or new design replacement tires for the 1-piece composite tires. For additional information, contact Harper Trucks toll-free at (800) 835-4099 between 8:30a.m. and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the company’s website at www.harpertrucks.com. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov.
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