FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 11, 2012
Release # 13-063
Firm's Recall Hotline: (855) 595-3378
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Wing Enterprises dba Little Giant Ladder Systems Recalls Switch-it Stepladder / Stepstools Due to Fall Hazard; Sold exclusively at The Home Depot.
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of product: Switch-it Stepladder/Stepstool
Units: 20,000 Manufactured, Approximately 12,000 Sold
Manufacturer: Suzhou Zhongchuang Aluminium Products Co.,Ltd
Importer: Wing Enterprises, Inc. dba Little Giant Ladder Systems
Hazard: When extended, the ladder inner section can disengage from the outer section causing the user to fall.
Incidents/Injuries: Wing Enterprises dba Little Giant Ladder Systems has received 17 reports of the ladder becoming unstable possibly causing the user to fall, four of which included reports of injuries ranging from scrapes and contusions to a fractured clavicle.
Description: The recalled products are Switch-it Type 1A Stepladders/Stepstools Part Number 15124 with a duty rating of 300 lbs. The Switch-it is capable of being extended from a two-foot stepstool to a six-foot stepladder. The Switch-it consists of a flared C-channel outer front section which fits over the front inner and utilizes Rock Locks to secure the outer to the inner section. The product also has a back inner section with a stabilizer bar at the base which slides inside the back C-channel that can be adjusted with a twist handle. When opened the Switch-it has a Comfort Step that allows for a maximum standing height of 45". The Part Number 15124 is located on the black & orange notice label affixed to the back outer section of the Switch-it. Each product has a date etched into both rails of the front outer section. The date stamp is located immediately below the Rock Lock. The Switch-it products manufactured that are subject to the recall have the following date stamps: 10622S, 10623S, 10624S, 10721S and 10722S.
Sold at: The Home Depot and online at www.homedepot.com.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Repair or Replace. Customers should immediately stop using the Switch-it and contact Wing Enterprises dba Little Giant Ladder Systems to make arrangements to receive a replacement front outer section
Consumer Contact: Wing Enterprises Inc, dba Little Giant Ladder Systems PHONE: (855)-595-3378 HOURS: 8:00 a.m.- 5:00 p.m. MT Monday through Friday or www.littlegiantladders.com/switch-it-recall.
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.
CPSC is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of the thousands of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $900 billion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products—such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals—contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or resell this or any other recalled product.
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