DETAILS: Stepladder and Stepstools Combination imported by Wing Enterprises Inc. of Springville, Utah and manufactured by Suzhou Zhongchuang Aluminum Products Co. Ltd. of China; sold exclusively at Home Depot and online at Homedepot.com from August to October 2012. The Switch-it Type 1A Stepladder/Stepstools is rated at 300 pounds. The aluminum ladder can be extended from a 2-foot stepstool to a 6-foot stepladder. It has flared C-channel outer rails that fit over inner rails. The outer rails have orange rocker-type locks on each side to hold the outer rails to the inner rails. The words "Switch-it by Little Giant" appear on the front of the top platform.
WHY: When extended, the inner side rails can separate from the outer side rails, posing a fall hazard for the user.
INCIDENTS: Wing Enterprises has received nine reports of the ladder becoming unstable, causing the user to fall and sustain injuries ranging from scrapes and contusions to a fractured collar bone.
HOW MANY: About 20,000.
FOR MORE: Contact Wing Enterprises Inc. at 855-595-3378 Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. EST, or visit the firm's website online at http://littlegiantladders.com .
LOW LEAD BALL VALVES
DETAILS: Low Lead Ball Valves/Shut-Off Gas Valves imported by Aqualine of Corona, Calif.; AY McDonald Manufacturing Co. of Dubuque, Iowa; FNW of Portland, Ore.; Hodes Co. of Kansas City, Mo.; Legend of Auburn Hills, Mich.; Leonard Valve of Cranston, R.I. and Mueller of Memphis, Tenn.; sold by Fu San Machinery directly to seven distributors nationwide from April 2011 through January 2012. The seven brands of sweat and threaded, low lead ball valves are used in flammable gas piping systems used in commercial or residential settings. They are brass shut-off valves assembled with pipe lines of 3/4 inch and 1 inch. The date code is located under the valve handle. The pipe size is marked on the body of the valve. Fu San's logo and the "O'' marking designated for low lead valves are marked on the valves' neck under where the handle assembles. The word "Taiwan" appears on the handle as a country of origin marking. The valves were manufactured by Fu San Machinery Co. Ltd. in Taiwan.
WHY: The valves can crack and cause gas to leak, posing fire and explosion hazards.
INCIDENTS: None reported.
HOW MANY: About 163,000.
FOR MORE: Contact Danville Sales Office for Fu San Machinery at 1101 N. Kings Hwy, Cherry Hill, NJ 08034; 855-779-9200 Monday through Friday from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. EST, or visit the firm's website online at http://www.fsvalve.com.tw .