Stepladder and Stool Combination Recalled as Injuries Climb

stepladder recallA stepladder and stepstool combination, sold only at The Home Depot, has been recalled by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).  Several injuries were reported when users attempted to extend the two-foot stepstool into a six-foot ladder and fell in the process.

Injuries reported to date range from scrapes and contusions to a fractured collar bone, according to the CPSC.

The recalled units, sold to about 20,000 consumers nationally, were marketed under the name, “Switch-it.”  The label, “Switch-it by Little Giant” appears on the front of the top platform of the ladder.  The units were imported to the U.S. by Wing Enterprises, Inc. of Springville, Utah and manufactured in China by Suzhou Zhongchuang Aluminum Products Co., Ltd.  The device is rated at 300 pounds.

The unit has flared C-channel outer rails.  The outer rails feature orange rocker-type locks on each side to hold the outer rails to the inner rails.  Part Number “15124” appears on the black and orange notice label attached to the back of the outer rails.  The following date stamps are located immediately below the orange rocker-style locks on the stool/ladder combo:  10622S; 10623S; 10624S; 10721S; and 10722S.

Consumers are urged to immediately stop using this product in its current configuration and to contact Wing Enterprises for a free replacement of the front outer section of the “Switch-it.”  The company can be contacted from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time, Monday through Friday or online at www.littlegiantladders.com/switch-it-recall.

Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell the “Switch-it” or any recalled product.  The CPSC remains interested in receiving incident or injury reports either directly related to this product recall or involving a different hazard with the same product.  Contact SaferProducts.gov to tell the CPSC about your experience with this product or call (800) 638-2772 or (301) 595-7054 (for the hearing and speech impaired) from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Eastern Time.

At the federal level, recalled products come under the CPSC.  In Ohio, the Ohio Product Liability Act (Ohio Revised Code (ORC) 2307.71—2307.80) governs those instances when a consumer’s reasonable expectation that a product will perform its intended function is not met and someone is injured in the process.

A product liability claim is a civil action that seeks to recover compensatory damages from a manufacturer or supplier for a defect in manufacturing, design or warning that leads to death, physical injury, emotional distress or physical damage to property.  Each year thousands sustain serious or minor injury from a dangerous or defective product.

A “product” is anything that has movable parts and is designed to be marketed and sold to the public.  Manufacturers and vendors (those who sell the product although they did not manufacture it) owe a duty of care to consumers to protect them from preventable harm and warn consumers of hazards concerning a product such as the “Switch-it.”

If you or someone you know is one of these victims, you may be entitled to receive compensation in connection with the defective product.  You may have medical expenses, lost wages, or compensation for loss of physical capacity, pain, suffering and mental anguish that is due to you.

Product liability cases can be very complex.  At Slater & Zurz LLP our experience with Ohio product liability law will be of great assistance to you as you seek fair and complete compensation in your case.  Please contact us for a free consultation by calling 1-888-534-4850 or send us a message by completing the FREE CASE REVIEW form located on the right hand side of our website at slaterzurz.com.

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