Aqua Lung Recalls Power Inflators for Drowning Hazard

Aqua Lung America is recalling its <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Apeks WTX Power Inflators–about 1,380 in the U.S., 530 in Canada—due to drowning hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.

The oral inflator button is not properly bonded to the oral stem and can fall off during use, posing a leak of the buoyancy compensator contents; this poses a drowning hazard. To date, Aqua Lung America has received one report of a consumer’s oral inflate button falling off during use. No injuries have been reported.

The power inflator is the black mouthpiece with two brass buttons at the end of the corrugated hose. The recall involves all models of the Apeks WTX power inflators. Some of the recalled components were included on complete air cells, those model numbers are: 388032, 388060, 388080, 388145, 388260, and 42775. The model number of the air cell can be found on the tag sewn on the center of the air cell or bladder.

The recalled Aqua Lung Power Inflators were manufactured in California, imported by Aqua Lung America of Vista, California, and sold at diving stores in the U.S. and Canada from November 2006 through March 2010 for between $53 and $70 for the component. The air cells sold for between $280 and $520.

The CPSC is advising consumers to stop diving with their recalled power inflator and bring it or send it to an authorized Apeks dealer. The dealer will apply a free fix. Consumers may also ask for and receive a free replacement product. The firm can be reached toll-free at (877) 253-3483 or at its website at www.aqualung.com

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