April 16, 2002Ames True Temper Has Recalled
Hill, PA (SafetyAlerts)
- Ames True Temper Inc has recalled about 647,000 wheelbarrows. The
plastic wheel assemblies on these wheelbarrows, manufactured by a
predecessor company, can break when being inflated with high-pressure air
hoses. This can result in plastic pieces exploding from the rims of the
wheels, possibly hitting nearby consumers and causing lacerations and other
Ames True Temper has received eight reports of plastic rims fracturing,
seven of which involve lacerations to consumers' hands, face, chest or arms.
Some of the lacerations were severe, and required numerous stitches. One
report involved nasal and other facial bone fractures, three reports
involved finger or knuckle fractures, and one report included torn wrist
ligaments caused by the force of the pieces striking a consumer.
The wheel assemblies on these wheelbarrows have a black plastic rim and have
an approximately 14-inch diameter wheel. They have red, green or orange tubs
or trays made of steel or plastic. The recalled Ames wheelbarrows were sold
under the brand name "Mustang" or "Douglas." The brand name was printed on
the label attached to the tray at the time of purchase. Wheelbarrows with
metal wheel assemblies are not part of this recall. Also, no "True Temper"
wheelbarrow is part of this recall.
Hardware stores and home centers nationwide sold the recalled wheelbarrows
from January 1993 through December 2000 for between $20 and $30.
Consumers should not inflate the tires on these wheelbarrows. Consumers
should contact Ames True Temper to receive a free replacement steel wheel
assembly. For more information, call Ames True Temper toll-free at (866)
239- 2281 between 8 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.
The recalled wheelbarrow wheels were manufactured and sold by O. Ames
Company, a predecessor company of Ames True Temper.