July 20, 2001

Union Tools, Inc., Announces Recall of Hand Trucks


Union Tools, Inc., of Columbus, Ohio is voluntarily recalling about 32,000 P-Handle hand trucks. If the tires of the hand trucks are substantially over-inflated beyond the recommended maximum 30 P.S.I., the rims of the tire can separate under the intense pressure and strike the user or bystanders. Union Tools has received two reports of the tire rims separating due to over inflation of tires. Two adult males received serious hand lacerations and bruises as a result of the tire rims blowing apart.

The hand trucks are made of steel and painted red with two inflatable tires. "China" is stamped across the back crossbar of the handle and "Made in China" appears on the tires. Sears stores exclusively sold these hand trucks from February 2001 through May 2001 for about $30.

Consumers should contact Union Tools, Inc. at (888) 808-6657 between 7:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday to receive a free repair kit. Consumers should only use a hand pump to inflate the tires. Additional information may be obtained at www.uniontools.com