Update: Altec DT65 Cranes Recalled Over Injury Hazard
Altec is recalling the following cranes which were manufactured with a capacity placard plate that could cause a pinch point for the operator's hand:
- 2017-2020 Altec DT65-H
- 2017-2020 Altec DT65-E
"The location of the capacity placard plate could cause a pinch point between the boom and the placard plate," NHTSA said. "If the operator's hand is resting on the plate it could be pinched as the boom is raised, increasing the risk of an injury."
Altec's number for this recall is CSN 800. This recall began on April 16, 2021.
What's the Problem?
This recall affects the following Altec Cranes from model years 2015-2019:
- Altec AC26
- Altec AC28
- Altec AC30
- Altec AC38
The boom lift cylinder hose on the recalled Altec Cranes may have been connected to a port that does not have an internal velocity fuse, according to the U.S. National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA). Failure of a boom lift cylinder hose that is not protected by a velocity fuse can result in uncontrolled boom movement, increasing the risk of serious injury.
Altec will notify owners and dealers will inspect the hose to ensure that it is connected properly, and repair it if necessary. This recall began on Jan. 30, 2020.
Man Injured by Aerial Lift Sues Altec
In June 2017, a man who was electrocuted by an Altec Aerial Lift while working on an electrical project in Illinois filed a lawsuit against Altec and a distributor for injuries caused by an allegedly defective lift unit. Plaintiff Eric D lost his right arm and suffered pain and mental anguish because the lift's operator controls were not insulated, according to the suit.
“[A]t the time of design, manufacture, marketing, and sale of the articulating overcenter aerial device” the complaint states. “It was in a defective, unreasonably dangerous condition.”
Eric has been unable to return to work and lost wages as a result of his injuries, according to the lawsuit. He is seeking $75,000 from Altec and JJ Kane for lost wages and medical bills, as well as for future damages.
Digger Derrick Pedestal Recall
NHTSA has announced a nationwide recall for certain 2018-2020 Altec Digger Derricks and Aerial Devices equipped with potentially defective bolts that secure the pedestal to the turntable which could fail during use. If the fasteners break, the pedestal may separate from turntable, increasing the risk of injury or death. This recall began on July 7, 2020.
Altec Digger Derrick Recall
Altec is recalling 2019-2020 DT65-E, D3000-E, and DH-E Digger Derricks for a potential defect that could allow operators to inadvertently open the pole guide while performing other tasks, possibly resulting in a loss of control of the load. If the pole guide is opened while performing other operations, the pole may become unbalanced and cause loss of control of the load, increasing the risk of injury or death, according to the NHTSA. This recall began on May 12, 2020.
Altec Aerial Device Fasteners Recall
Altec is recalling LR7 Series, TDA58 and L42M Aerial Devices from model year 2019, according to the NHTSA. The high strength fasteners used to secure the pedestal to the turntable on affected aerial devices may fail. If the fasteners break, the pedestal may separate from turntable, increasing the risk of injury or death.
Do I Have an Altec Crane Lawsuit?
The Product Liability Litigation Group at our law firm is an experienced team of trial lawyers that focus on the representation of plaintiffs in Altec Crane Lawsuits. We are handling individual litigation nationwide and currently accepting new injury and death cases in all 50 states.
If you or a loved one has been injured by a recalled Altec Crane, you should contact our law firm immediately. You may be entitled to a settlement by filing a suit and we can help.