Costco Recalls 273,000 Convertible Hand Trucks Due to Injury Hazard

EDISON, NJ–On February 25, Costco recalled about 273,000 3-in-1 convertible aluminum imported hand trucks, which sold for $100-$150, according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The hand trucks have been recalled due to the following hazard: "The wheel hub can separate or break and eject pieces during inflation, posing a risk of injury to the consumer and bystanders."

The hand trucks were manufactured from January 2009 to October 2011 and have model numbers 12-301 ABL and 12-301. The model number can be found on the rear side of the bottom cross member.

"Costco has received 10 reports of wheel hubs separating or breaking and ejecting pieces including four reports of bruises and lacerations," reads the CPSC recall notice.

The hand trucks were sold at Ace Hardware, Costco Wholesale Club, Lowe’s, Price Mart and United Stationers and online at The Home Depot.com from March 2009 to October 2011.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled hand trucks and contact Cosco Home & Office Products for a free repair kit.

The toll-free phone number for more information is (888) 250-9299.  Hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.

Alternatively, consumers can email [email protected] or online at www.coscoproducts.com and click on "Safety Notice" at the top of the page.

There is a Costco in South Edison at 2210 Route 27 and Vineyard Road, next to the Walmart.   

Dave is an award-winning business reporter who has authored over 200 articles for New Brunswick Today.