FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Company Contact Number: (909) 247-2033
April 10, 1996
Release # 96-095
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Keller Industries of Fort Lauderdale, Fla., recalled 29,691 Industrial Type I and Industrial Heavy Duty Type IA fiberglass extension ladders. A support brace located on the ladder's base section could interfere with the operation of the rung locks. If the brace interferes with the locks, the ladder may appear to be securely locked in place when it is not. As a result the ladder could collapse causing a person standing on the ladder to fall and be seriously injured.
Keller Industries sold the ladders under the brand names "Keller" and "Columbia". The following ladders are subject to the recall:
|Model||Description||Dates Manufactured||Number Sold|
|Keller 5016||16 ft., Yellow, Type I||3/1/93 - 12/31/94||635|
|Keller 5028||28 ft., Yellow, Type I||3/1/93 - 12/31/95||1,533|
|Keller 5128||28 ft., Orange, Type IA||7/1/90 - 12/31/95||19,283|
|Keller 5132||32 ft., Orange, Type IA||7/1/90 - 5/31/94||5,353|
|Keller 5136||36 ft., Orange, Type IA||3/1/91 - 12/31/95||221|
|Keller 5140||40 ft., Orange, Type IA||3/1/91 - 12/31/95||367|
|Columbia EF4128||28 ft., Yellow, Type I||3/1/93 - 12/31/95||40|
|Columbia EF1028||28 ft., Orange, Type IA||7/1/90 - 12/31/95||1,103|
|Columbia EF1032||32 ft., Orange, Type IA||7/1/90 - 5/31/94||677|
|Columbia EF1036||36 ft., Orange, Type IA||3/1/91 - 12/31/95||151|
|Columbia EF1040||40 ft., Orange, Type IA||3/1/91 - 12/31/95||328|
Hardware and home supply stores sold the 16-foot ladder for $150 to $175; the 28-foot ladder for $250 to $300; the 32-foot ladder for $325 to $375; the 36-foot ladder for $400 to $450; and the 40-foot ladder for $450 to $500.
Consumers should stop using the ladders immediately and contact William Demeritt, Jacuzzi Brands Corp., 13925 City Center Drive, Suite 200, Chino Hills, CA 91709, phone (909) 247-2033, to get a rung lock replacement for retrofit or, if the retrofit is not available, a replacement ladder or refund of the purchase price.
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