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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 24, 1998

Release # 98-132
CPSC CONTACT: Ken Giles
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1184

CPSC, Davidson Ladder Inc. Announce Recall of Attic Stairways

CPSC, Davidson Ladder Inc. Announce Recall of Attic StairwaysWASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Davidson Ladder Inc. of Smyrna, Tenn., is recalling about 1,150 attic stairways. A hinge can fail, causing the opened stairways to collapse. Consumers climbing the stairs can fall and be injured.

CPSC and Davidson Ladder Inc. have received 5 reports of ladders collapsing, resulting in two injuries. One consumer fractured his arm and another strained his knee.

The attic stairways are made with aluminum steps and rails with a wooden door and frame surrounding the stairway. The recalled stairways display the following model numbers on a white sticker on the bottom step: AS224P, AL224P, AS254P and AL254P. The wooden door displays four labels, three of which provide safety information and a fourth that reads in part, "DAVIDSON MANUFACTURING."

Builders Square, Home Depot, Stein Lumber, Holston Building Products and small independent stores nationwide sold the stairways from January 1995 through March 1997 for about $150 to $200.

Consumers should stop using the stairways immediately and contact the store where purchased. Stores will install the consumer's choice of either a new aluminum or wooden attic stairway free of charge. For more information about this recall, consumers should call Davidson Ladder Inc. toll-free at (888) 548-4424 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. CDT Monday through Friday, or write to the company at 728 Straub Road, Chesterfield, MO 63017-7948.

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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