FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 20, 2004
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The following product safety recall was conducted voluntarily by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC. Consumers should stop using the product immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of product: Internal Halyard Flagpoles
Manufacturer: Kearney-National, Hapco Division, of Abingdon, Va.
Hazard: A partially crimped sleeve on these flagpoles can allow the cable to pull through the sleeve causing the loop to release. When the assembly is raised with no flag attached, it can allow a seven pound counter weight to drop to the ground, possibly hitting people nearby.
Incidents/Injuries: Kearney-National is aware of three incidents of a counter weight falling, including with one incident resulting in a minor injury.
Description: These Internal Halyard flagpoles have a hinged door and a metal cable on the outside of the pole.
Sold at: Hardware and flag stores nationwide from August 2003 through October 2003 for between $1,000 and $1,500.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Hapco is directly notifying consumers who purchased these flagpoles about the recall and providing free repair kits. For more information, contact Hapco at (800) 368-7171, between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit their Web site at www.americanflagpole.com (note - recall is no longer available on firm's web site).
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products under the agency’s jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to help ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters and household chemicals -– contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years.
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