Over Two Million Sledgehammers Recalled
My husband and I were using sledgehammers all weekend to reinforce our fencing for our dogs. Little did I know how dangerous this could have been for both of us. In a classic case of ‘don’t try this at home’, a few popular brands of sledge hammers have been recalled after injuring people in the face. Over 2.2 million sledge hammers are being recalled. A lot of people in my neighborhood use sledge hammers for splitting wood. I never thought about the head of the sledge hammer flying off, but since this is what has been happening I may want to consider a safety hemet!
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, DeWALT, Stanley FATMAX, and Craftsman Fiberglass Sledgehammers, all made by Stanley Black & Decker, have been recalled because the handle of the sledgehammer can break during use, causing the head of the hammer to loosen and detach during use.
Out of the 192 cases reported, two of those resulted in head and face injuries.
If you’re currently in possession of one of these faulty hammers, don’t worry — the company is offering a full refund or replacement. Owners can find more information on the link provided on the CPSC website. – Maryann Morgan