78,000 Made-in-China Aluminum Ladders Recalled Across the U.S.

June 24, 2018 Updated: June 24, 2018

78,000 aluminum ladders in the United States that were manufactured in China were recalled by Werner Co. on June 20.

The privately owned Pennsylvania company recalled five models of telescoping ladders after they discovered that the ladder could break during use.

The recall occurred after one report of a ladder breaking while it was being used, which resulted in an injury.

Due to the safety hazard, Werner Co. suggested to immediately stop using the ladders and return it to the store of purchase for a full refund.

Home Depot and Lowe’s stores were selling these ladders nationwide over April and May 2018 for between $180 and $275.

Each model can be identified by a date code and model number. The date code can be found on the inside of the outer leg of the ladder and the model number is printed on a label on the side of the ladder. The recalled ladders have a stated maximum capacity of 170 kilograms (375 pounds).

This is not the first time products made in China have had to be recalled. In April 2018, Malaysia’s health ministry recalled two sardine products from China when they were found to contain dead worms. The Indonesian Food and Drug Monitoring Agency also ordered a recall after finding three Chinese sardine products with dead worms inside.

Photo of one of the ladder models that are being recalled. The red rectangle drawn on the ladder is where the model number can be found. June 20, 2018. (Photo [Public Domain] via Consumer Product Safety Commission)
The models that are being recalled can be found below:

Model Number Date Codes Ladder Size
MT-IAA-13A 121744XX or 011844XX 13 feet
MT-IAA-17A 17 feet
MT-IAA-22A 22 feet
MT-IAA-26 26 feet
MT-IAA-26A 26 feet

 

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