BETHESDA, Md. (TND) — Tens of thousands of plastic and metal audiovisual carts, some more than 40 years old, are being recalled due to what the feds and the maker say is "a serious tip-over hazard to children," which has been deadly.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Luxor Workspaces say three children have died, and a fourth was seriously injured, when recalled A/V carts carrying a “box” shaped television tipped over and landed on them. Those incidents happened between 2006 and 2016.
Now, everyone who uses the recalled carts is being urged to stop using them immediately and contact Luxor for a free repair.
The company will provide metal ballast kits to be installed on the lower shelf of the cart to add stability and weight. It’ll also send warning labels cautioning consumers to place no more than 25 lbs. on each shelf.
The recall involves three cart base models: WT42 “Tuffy” plastic cart; W42/AVJ42/SS-AVJ42 metal cart; and LP-DUO/TPDUOEQ plastic cart.
The WT42 “Tuffy” is a 3-shelf plastic cart sold under the brand name H. Wilson “Tuffy” in a variety of colors with different color suffixes after the “WT42” prefix in the item number. The carts have a plastic handle with a logo that reads “the Tuffy” in the center.
The W42/AVJ42/SS-AVJ42 cart is a 3-shelf adjustable height metal cart. It is also sold under the model number AVJ42 with either a Luxor or H. Wilson logo on the front center of the top shelf, and under the model number SS-AVJ42 with a LineLeader logo on the front center of the top shelf. It is sold in various colors with different color suffixes after the “W42” or “AVJ42” prefixes in the item number.
The LP-DUO/TPDUOEQ cart is a 3-shelf adjustable height plastic cart with a push handle on the top shelf. The Luxor logo is stamped on the center of the handle and is a black/dark gray color.
Nearly 84,700 recalled carts were sold in the U.S., and another 1,650 in Canada, as far back as the early 1980s. The carts cost between $125 and $250.
In the meantime, there’s a warning not to use the top shelf of the recalled carts to transport anything heavier than 25 pounds. That means to disregard any materials related to the suggested weight limits.
Also, don’t resell or donate the recalled carts before they’re repaired, which would put others in danger.
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