Hand Trucks Recalled by Harper Trucks Due to Injury Hazard

October 27, 2011
Release #12-025
Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 835-4099
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Hand Trucks Recalled by Harper Trucks Due to 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 Product: Hand Trucks

Units: About 292,000

Manufacturer: Harper Trucks Inc., of Wichita, Kan.

Hazard: When the tires are overinflated, they can explode causing the wheel hub to separate or break, ejecting pieces of the hub. This poses an injury hazard to bystanders.

Incidents/Injuries: Harper Trucks has received 19 reports of overinflated tires exploding that resulted in 19 injuries, including broken bones, loss of sight in one eye, contusions and lacerations.

Description: This recall involves Harper Trucks hand trucks with model numbers and type of wheels listed below. "Harper Truck" and the model number can be found on an adhesive sticker on the hand truck frame's cross member. Hand trucks with two-piece, grey metal wheels are not included in this recall.

Model NumberType of HandleType of Wheel
K52K16 P Handle 1-piece, composite
JEDTK1935P Dual Hand/Platform Truck
3-piece, four bolt,
metal/chrome plated
51TK19 Dual Handles 3-piece, four bolt,
metal/chrome plated
BKTAK19 P Handle 3-piece, four bolt,
metal/chrome plated
PGCSK19BLK Dual Hand 3-piece, four bolt,
metal/chrome plated


Sold at: The Home Depot from January 2008 through November 2009 and Sam's Club from January 1993 through January 2002 for between $28 and $42.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the product immediately and contact Harper Trucks for a free repair kit that includes either lock washers to secure the four bolts on the 3-piece, metal/chrome plated wheels or new design replacement tires for the 1-piece composite tires.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Harper Trucks toll-free at (800) 835-4099 between 8:30a.m.and 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, e-mail wheels@harpertrucks.com or visit the company's website at www.harpertrucks.com

Picture of recalled K52K16 hand truck Picture of recalled JEDTK1935P hand truck
K52K16 JEDTK1935PK
Picture of recalled 51TK19 hand truck Picture of recalled  BKTAK19 hand truck
   51TK19        BKTAK19
Picture of recalled PGCSK19BLK hand truck  

Detail of recalled handtruck tire

Detail of recalled handtruck tire

3-piece, Four Bolt, Metal/Chrome Plated Tires

*A photo of the one-piece, composite tire is not available.*