Thousands of nail guns sold at Walmart have been recalled because the contact sensors on the nail guns could potentially malfunction and involuntarily discharge a nail.
According to an alert posted 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 between $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 located 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 can have them picked 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 used by workers and laborers in construction and other industries. They are also used by average consumers in homes for various do-it-yourself projects. While nail guns make the job faster and simpler, 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
If you or a loved one has been injured because of a dangerous or defective product, 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 products may be able to file a wrongful death lawsuit as well. An experienced product defect attorney will be able to advise victims and families regarding their legal rights and options.