Kadant Composites Inc. Announces Recall of Certain GeoDeckô Decking and Railing Materials

The CPSC, in cooperation with Kadant Composites Inc. of Bedford, Massachusetts, has announced a voluntary recall of about 11,000 constructed decks of GeoDeck™ Decking and Railing Materials manufactured in the United States.

Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately.

When the decking or railing material is exposed to hot temperatures and sunlight, it can degrade prematurely. The degraded material could break, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

Kadant Composites has received about 370 reports of accelerated degradation of the decking material. No injuries have been reported.

GeoDeck™ is a composite decking product that looks similar to natural wood and is sold in three colors including: driftwood, cedar and mahogany. The decking materials were manufactured between April 2002 and October 2003.

Each decking and railing component has a manufacturing date stamp (day/month/year) on the cut end, which may still be visible on uninstalled materials.

The product was sold at retail lumberyards nationwide from April 2002 through July 2005 for between about $2 and $2.50 per linear foot.
Consumers should check their GeoDeck™ decking materials for visible cracks on the surface and check to see if the surface can be easily scratched with a fingernail or the corner of a credit card.

If the deck/rail is degrading, contact GeoDeck™ customer service to receive replacement decking and/or railing materials at (800) 545-1710 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.KadantCompositesRecall.com

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