Summer and swimming season have arrived and so has the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) 2nd annual pool safety campaign “Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives.” It is a national public education campaign that aims to decrease incidents of child drownings, entrapments, and nonfatal submersions in both spas and swimming pools. This pool safety campaign kicks off at an opportune time as the CPSC has announced the recall of around one million spa and pool drain covers on the same day.
This recall is the result of incorrectly rating the drain covers for handling the flow of water passing through the cover. This increases the risk of entrapment for anyone who uses the pool or spa, including young children who may fall into the swimming pool or spa.
The affected pool and in-ground spa covers were manufactured by eight different companies throughout the United States:
- Aqua Star Pool Products Inc., CA;
- A&A Manufacturing, AZ;
- Color Match Pool Fittings, AZ;
- Pentair Water Pool and Spa, NC;
- Hayward Pool Products, NJ;
- Custom Molded Products, GA;
- Waterway Plastics, CA; and
- Rising Dragon USA, TN.
The recalled drain covers were sold from Dec. 2008 through Apr. 2011, except for covers manufactured by Pentair Water Pool and Spa, which were sold from June 2009 through Apr. 2011.
Consumers, pool owners, and pool builders and installers that own a recalled drain cover must contact the manufacturer to replace or retrofit the cover. More information is available through the CPSC Drain Cover Recall Hotline at 866-478-3521 or their Drain Cover Recall website at www.apsp.org/draincoverrecall.
If you or your child was injured in a swimming pool accident in Oklahoma as the result of a defective pool product, the experienced Oklahoma City dangerous product lawyers at Maples Law Firm, LLP, can help you pursue the compensation your family deserves. Please call us today to learn more about your legal rights at 1-888-226-6159.