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Hand trucks recalled by Harper Trucks due to injury hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Harper Trucks Inc., today announced a voluntary recall of hand trucks. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Hand Trucks

Units: About 292,000

Manufacturer: Harper Trucks Inc., of Wichita, Kan.

Hazard: When the tires are overinflated, they can explode, causing the wheel hub to separate or break and ejecting pieces of the hub. This poses an injury hazard to bystanders.

Incidents/Injuries: 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.

Description: This recall involves Harper Trucks hand trucks with model numbers and type of wheels listed below. "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.

Model Number | Type of Handle | Type of Wheel

K52K16 | P Handle | 1-piece, composite

JEDTK1935P | Dual Hand/Platform Truck (Convertible) | 3-piece, four bolt, metal/chrome plated

51TK19 | Dual Handles | 3-piece, four bolt, metal/chrome plated

BKTAK19 | P Handle | 3-piece, four bolt, metal/chrome plated

PGCSK19BLK | Dual Hand | 3-piece, four bolt, metal/chrome plated

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.

Manufactured in: China, United States, and Taiwan

Remedy: 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.

Consumer Contact: 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 wheels@harpertrucks.com or visit the company's website at www.harpertrucks.com

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml12/12025.html

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