The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) started off the summer
and swimming season with a press event announcing its 2nd annual pool
safety campaign “Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives,” a
national public education campaign as well as the recall of approximately
one million pool and in-ground spa drain covers.
The CPSC, along with a U.S. Olympic swimmer, urged both parents and children
to be careful and attentive around spas and pools at a press conference
at the Parkway Family Aquatic Center in Chula Vista, California. They
reaffirmed the importance of swimming pool and spa safety by reporting
recent nationwide statistics for child drowning, entrapments, and other
pool-related incidents and injuries.
This is especially important as the result of the recall of about one
million pool and spa drain covers produced by the following eight manufacturers:
- A&A Manufacturing of Phoenix, AZ
- Aqua Star Pool Products Inc., of San Diego, CA
- Custom Molded Products of Tyrone, GA
- Color Match Pool Fittings of Surprise, AZ
- Pentair Water Pool and Spa of Sanford, NC
- Hayward Pool Products of Elizabeth, NJ
- Waterway Plastics of Oxnard, CA
- Rising Dragon USA, of East Sweetwater, TN.
Most of the recalled drain covers were sold from December 2008 through
April 2011, although the affected Pentair Water Pool & Spa drain covers
were sold from June 2009 through April 2011.
These drain covers have been recalled after the discovery that they were
improperly rated to take in the flow of water that would travel through
the cover. This poses a potential entrapment hazard to swimmers, bathers,
and especially young children who may inadvertently fall into or become
submerged in a swimming pool or spa. Any pool-owning consumer, as well
as pool builder and installer, that has one of the recalled drain covers
must contact the manufacturer to remedy the situation. The drain cover
will either be replaced or retrofitted. For more information, consumers
may call the CPSC Drain Cover Recall Hotline at 866-478-3521 or visit
the Drain Cover Recall website at www.apsp.org/draincoverrecall.
If you or your child was injured in a swimming pool accident as the result
of a negligent pool owner or a defective pool product, your family may
be entitled to compensation for your losses. The dedicated
San Jose swimming pool accident attorneys of Van Der Walde & Associates, LLP, can help you understand your legal
rights and advise you of the legal options available to you. Please call
us today for a consultation at (800) 900-0863.