Rapid Reel® Recalls Portable Garden Hose Carts; Tires Can Explode Posing an Injury Hazard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 2, 2008
Release #08-384
Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 523-2363
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Rapid Reel® Recalls Portable Garden Hose Carts; Tires Can Explode Posing an Injury Hazard

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 unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Products: Portable Garden Hose Reel Carts and Wagons

Units: About 7,000

Importer: Eley Corporation, dba Rapid Reel of Lincoln, Neb.

Hazard: The tires on the portable garden hose reel can explode while being inflated, posing an injury hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Rapid Reel® has received five reports of tires exploding while being inflated, resulting in lacerations to fingers, arms, and legs from flying pieces of plastic.

Description: This recall involves the Rapid Reel® portable garden hose reel carts and wagons. The cart has two tires and the wagon has four. The tires have a white plastic rim and a steel ball bearing hub or a black plastic bearing hub.

Sold by: Home repair retailers and distributors such as Ace Hardware, Amazon.com, and True Value Hardware nationwide from April 2005 through March 2006 for between $190 and $250.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should not inflate tires on the portable hose carts and contact Rapid Reel® for free replacement tires.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Rapid Reel® toll-free at (866) 523-2363 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.rapidreel.com



Picture of Recalled Portable Garden Hose Reel Cart and Wagon TirePicture of Recalled Portable Garden Hose Reel Cart and Wagon Tire

Picture of Recalled Portable Garden Hose Reel Cart and Wagon Tire

Picture of Recalled Portable Garden Hose Reel Cart and Wagon

Picture of Recalled Portable Garden Hose Reel Cart and Wagon