The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with G-U Hardware of Newport News, Va., announced a voluntary recall of about 5,000 tilt-turn stay arms and side-hung sash hinges. According to the announcement, the window fittings can break, causing cause the window to fall, posing an injury hazard to consumers. The report notes that G-U has received two reports of windows falling, including one report of a broken thumb.

The release explains that the recall involves tilt-turn stay arm and side-hung sash hinge adjustable window fittings used to attach a window to a frame and are primarily sold for use in commercial buildings. The fittings have clamps, locking pins and stainless steel springs. “G-U” and the component number are stamped at the ends of the fitting. The recalled G-U Hardware window fittings have the following model names, and model and component numbers:

Side-hung sash hinge Jet AK8 6-31064-00-0-1 9-31209

Tilt-turn stay arm Jet AK8 30 K-15805-00-0-1 9-31209

Jet AK8 50 K-15806-00-0-1 9-31208

Jet AK8 90 K-15807-00-0-1 9-31208

G-U Hardware sold the recalled window fittings directly to hardware wholesalers and window manufacturers nationwide from October 2002 to December 2011 for between $7 and $26.

Consumers should contact G-U Hardware to arrange for the free replacement and installation of new window fittings and should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. For additional information, contact GU Hardware toll-free at 855/355-8810 from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from, 1 to 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday; and from 7:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 to 2 p.m. ET Friday, or visit the firm’s website.

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