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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently announced the recall of about 3,200 VidaXL Steel Pool Ladders. The steps to the ladder can loosen during use, posing fall and drowning hazards.

Four Reports of Falls with Recalled VidaXL Ladders

The recall involves two models of the ladders, each with an A-shape. They attach over the above-ground pool edge and measure 47 inches. You’ll find item numbers (SKU) 93122 and 93188 printed alongside the vidaXL.com logo on the horizontal bar in the A-frame. They also include two gray or blue non-skid plastic steps on each side of the ladder.

The products were manufactured in China and imported by VidaXL LLC, of Rialto, California. They were sold online at vidaxl.com from February 2021 through August 2021 for about $90 each.

The company has received four reports of falls off the pool ladders related to this problem. No injuries have been reported.

Consumers are advised to stop using the ladders immediately and contact VidaXL for a full refund. The company is also contacting all purchasers directly. It is also asking consumers to remove two of the ladder’s steps and dispose of them and the ladder in the trash for safety reasons.

You can contact VidaXL toll-free at 1-888-854-0905 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, email them at recall@vidaxl.com, or check the online recall site.

Werner Recalls 78,000 Aluminum Ladders

Though ladders aren’t frequently recalled, Werner did recall about 78,000 of them back in June 2018. These were multi-purpose telescoping aluminum ladders that were also manufactured in China and imported by Werner Co., of Greenville, PA. They were sold at Home Depot and Lowe’s stores nationwide from April 2018 through May 2018 for between $180 and $275.

These ladders could break while in use, posing fall hazards. At the time of the recall, the company was aware of one ladder breaking, resulting in one injury to the left side and elbow of the consumer.

The recall involved five models of the ladders that could be used in five different positions:

  • Twin step ladder
  • Stairway step ladder
  • Extension ladder
  • Wall ladder
  • Two scaffold bases

The date code was stamped on the inside of the outer leg of the ladder, beneath the bottom step. The model number was printed on a label located on the side of the ladder rail. You can find the model numbers and date codes here.

Consumers were advised to stop using the ladders immediately and contact Werner for a refund at 1-888-523-3370 from 8:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or via email at customercare@wernerladder.com or online at the recall page.

Ladder Safety Tips

To reduce your risk of injury when using a ladder, follow these tips:

  • Wear clean, slip-resistant shoes.
  • Before using the ladder, inspect it to be sure it’s in good working condition.
  • Select the right size ladder for the job.
  • Place the ladder on firm, level ground without any slippery conditions.
  • Always read the safety information labels on the ladder.
  • Climb slowly and deliberately while avoiding sudden movements.

Use the three-points-of-contact system, which means to face the ladder and always have two hands and one foot in contact with the ladder steps, rungs, and/or side rails.

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