May 10, 2006
The following product safety recall was conducted by the firm in cooperation with the CPSC.
Name of Product: Walk-Through Railing Ladder Extensions
Units: About 750
Distributor: American Innovations Corp., of Long Lake, Minn.
Hazard: If the knob securing the extension unit to the ladder is not tight, it can detach and fall when the ladder is being removed or lowered. The unit could hit a bystander, causing serious head injuries.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received one report of an extension falling off a ladder. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The Ladder Walk-Through Railing Extensions fit over extension ladder rails and provide handholds for safe passage while moving to a platform or rooftop.
Sold by: Hardware supply stores, catalogs, and the American Innovations Corp. Web site nationwide from September 2004 through February 2006 for between $325 and $380.
Manufactured In: United States
Remedy: Owners are being sent a free repair kit, including a safety strap and easy-to-follow assembly instructions. Until the repair is made, consumers should check to make sure the knob securing the extension unit is tight during use.
Consumer Contact: For more information, contact American Innovations toll-free at (888) 912-9888 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.ladderinnovations.com
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