True Value Co. of Chicago announced the recall of around 17,000 wheelbarrows recently. I wondered what could possibly be so dangerous about a wheelbarrow that there would be a national recall — well, apparently, overinflating the tire could cause the wheel’s plastic rim to break, posing an injury to the user. Wow.
I applaud the effort on True Value’s part, but I think a dose of common sense might be more prudent. Maybe I’m getting a bit cynical here, but back when I was a kid the whole issue would’ve been handled when dad told me not to overinflate the tire on my bike and showed me what was up — ’nuff said.
Instead of a massive recall and all this hassle couldn’t they just say, “Hey, don’t overinflate the tires, ’cause the rim will crack.” We guess they don’t want a lawyer showing up on their doorstep representing someone with a wicked wheelbarrow injury. The times we live in are rather amusing when you stop to think about it.
True Value Recalls Wheelbarrows [CPSC Recall]