Eley Corporation, which does business as Rapid Reel of Lincoln, Nebraska, has recalled about 7,000 Portable Garden Hose Reel Carts and Wagons. The tires on the portable garden hose reel can explode while being inflated, posing an injury hazard to consumers. Rapid Reel® has received five reports of tires exploding while being inflated, resulting in lacerations to fingers, arms, and legs from flying pieces of plastic. This recall involves the Rapid Reel® portable garden hose reel carts and wagons. The cart has two tires and the wagon has four. The tires have a white plastic rim and a steel ball bearing hub or a black plastic bearing hub.

The kits were sold by home repair retailers and distributors such as Ace Hardware, Amazon.com, and True Value Hardware nationwide from April 2005 through March 2006 for between $190 and $250. Consumers should not inflate tires on the portable hose carts and contact Rapid Reel® for free replacement tires. For more information, contact Rapid Reel® toll-free at (866) 523-2363 or visit the firm’s Web site at www.rapidreel.com.

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