On October 25, 2012, about 84,000 step stools made by Tricam Industries Inc. were recalled due to a fall hazard.
There have been five reports of the top step (or the standing platform) breaking, which poses a fall hazard that may cause the consumer to fall from the step stool.
The step stool is called Easy Reach and has three plastic steps with model number HB3-PRO. A label on the stool states that it supports 225 lbs. The step stools were sold exclusively at Home Depot from April 2012 to August 2012 for about $27.
Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the product and call the manufacturer for a full refund.
Though the step stool has only 3 steps, it can still cause serious injuries if a consumer falls due to the product defect. For example, an older consumer who falls from the step stool may break his/her hip as compared to a younger consumer.
We have helped many individuals who have had fall down accidents due to defective stairways, step stools and chairs. We know from experience that older individuals are likely to sustain more serious and permanent injuries, such as hip or leg fractures, than younger individuals.
If you were injured as a result of a recalled step stool or any other product, it is important to keep the product. The reason is because the defective and recalled product needs to be inspected by an expert to determine if you have a case.
If you or a loved one was injured in a fall due to a defective step stool, feel free to contact our dangerous product liability lawyer in Pennsylvania or New Jersey to discuss your legal rights.