More than 17,000 electric pressure washers have been recalled by Positec USA, the parent company of several major brands, due to an injury risk posed by the machines. According to Consumer Reports, the sprayer hose on these pressure washers can separate from the spray wand during use, posing an impact injury hazard to the user or anyone close by. The recall includes machines sold by the Worx brand.
Pressure Washers: Recall Details
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) issued an alert that Positec has received 61 reports so far of the spray wand separating from the hose, including four reports of minor injuries including bruises and cuts. The recall applies to the Worx WG606 13 AMP 1900 PSI pressure washers. The recalled products are gray and orange with the “Worx” brand name on the front of the product and “Electric Pressure Washer” on the handle. The serial numbers may be found on the product label on the main body of the product on the back of the soap tank. The model number can be found on the same label in the upper left. If you have these recalled pressure washers, please stop using them and contact Positec USA for a free wand replacement. For more information, call Positec USA at 855-444-2833.
Pressure Washer Injuries
While pressure washers can be very useful tools whether at home or in a business setting, they are powerful devices that have the potential to cause serious injuries, especially when they have an inherent defect and malfunction. Pressure washers can produce water with a water pressure of 1,500 to 4,000 pounds per square inch (psi) compared to a garden hose that produces 50 psi. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), lacerations are some of the most common injuries caused by pressure washers. Other common injuries include damaged skin, bruises, puncture wounds, and even broken bones. In some cases, they may cause electric shock, carbon monoxide poisoning, and slip-and-fall or trip-and-fall accidents
Product Liability Issues
If you have been injured by these recalled products, you may be able to receive compensation for your injuries, damages, and losses including medical expenses, lost income, hospitalization, cost of rehabilitation, permanent injuries, and pain and suffering. An experienced product defect lawyer can help injured victims hold the negligent manufacturer accountable and help them secure maximum compensation for their losses. Source: https://www.consumerreports.org/recalls/worx-recalls-pressure-washers-a1202143346/