Thousands of nail guns sold at Walmart have been recalled because the contact sensors on the nail guns could malfunction and involuntarily discharge a nail.
According to an alert by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Hart 18-gauge 2-inch brad nail guns were sold in Walmart stores and online between April and September for $130 and $160.
So far, no injuries have been reported. The nail guns were sold in white, blue and black colors. They are handheld tools that have the name “HART” on the side in white type. The model numbers are on the side of the nail tray/magazine where the nails are loaded. People who purchased the nail guns can return them to any Wal-Mart store for a refund or pick them up from their homes by calling 1-800-776-5191. For more information, call Hart Consumer Products at the above number.
Dangers of Nail Guns
Nail guns are tools workers and laborers use in construction and other industries. Average consumers also use them in homes for various do-it-yourself projects. While nail guns make the job faster and more straightforward, they can also pose significant injury hazards. According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), nail guns are responsible for 37,000 emergency room visits each year. About 68% of these involve workers and 32% involve consumers. Severe nail gun injuries have led to construction worker deaths.
There are a number of major risk factors that could lead to nail gun injuries. One of the most common causes is unintended nail discharge. Sometimes, a nail ricocheting after striking a hard surface could also pose a risk. Nail gun accidents could result in serious injuries such as eye or facial injuries and impalement that could prove fatal.
Product Liability Issues
Suppose a dangerous or defective product has injured you or a loved one. In that case, you may be able to seek compensation for your damages, including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, permanent injuries and pain and suffering. Victims may be able to file a product liability lawsuit against the manufacturer seeking compensation. Those who have lost loved ones due to a dangerous or defective product can also file a wrongful death lawsuit. An experienced product defect attorney can advise victims and families regarding their legal rights and options.