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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 10, 1996

Release # 96-095
CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187

CPSC, Keller Announce Recall of Certain Model Industrial Fiberglass Extension Ladders

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Keller Industries of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., is recalling 29,691 Industrial Type I and Industrial Heavy Duty Type IA fiberglass extension ladders. A support brace located on the ladder's base section could interfere with the operation of the rung locks. If the brace interferes with the locks, the ladder may appear to be securely locked in place when it is not. As a result the ladder could collapse causing a person standing on the ladder to fall and be seriously injured.

Keller Industries sold the ladders under the brand names "Keller" and "Columbia". The following ladders are subject to the recall:

Model Description Dates Manufactured Number sold
Keller 5016 16 ft., Yellow, Type I 3/1/93 - 12/31/94 635
Keller 5028 28 ft., Yellow, Type I 3/1/93 - 12/31/95 1,533
Keller 5128 28 ft., Orange, Type IA 7/1/90 - 12/31/95 19,283
Keller 5132 32 ft., Orange, Type IA 7/1/90 - 5/31/94 5,353
Keller 5136 36 ft., Orange, Type IA 3/1/91 - 12/31/95 221
Keller 5140 40 ft., Orange, Type IA 3/1/91 - 12/31/95 367
Columbia EF4128 28 ft., Yellow, Type I 3/1/93 - 12/31/95 40
Columbia EF1028 28 ft., Orange, Type IA 7/1/90 - 12/31/95 1,103
Columbia EF1032 32 ft., Orange, Type IA 7/1/90 - 5/31/94 677
Columbia EF1036 36 ft., Orange, Type IA 3/1/91 - 12/31/95 151
Columbia EF1040 40 ft., Orange, Type IA 3/1/91 - 12/31/95 328



Hardware and home supply stores sold the 16-foot ladder for $150 to $175; the 28-foot ladder for $250 to $300; the 32-foot ladder for $325 to $375; the 36-foot ladder for $400 to $450; and the 40-foot ladder for $450 to $500.

Consumers should stop using the ladders immediately and call Keller at (800) 353-9013. Until a rung lock replacement is available for retrofit, Keller is offering consumers a replacement ladder or refund of the purchase price.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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