Pool, In-Ground Spa Drain Covers Recalled, May Pose Entrapment Hazard

A massive recall of about 1 million defective <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Pool and Spa Drain Covers, manufactured by a number of different companies, was just announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).

The recalled Pool and Spa Drain Covers, were produced in the United States and China, sold by independent distributors to professional pool and spa builders and installers, and were manufactured by the following companies:

• A&A Manufacturing, of Phoenix, Arizona
• AquaStar Pool Products Inc., of San Diego, California
• Color Match Pool Fittings, of Surprise, Arizona
• Custom Molded Products, of Tyrone, Georgia
• Hayward Pool Products, of Elizabeth, New Jersey
• Pentair Water Pool and Spa, of Sanford, North Carolina
• Rising Dragon USA, of E. Sweetwater, Tennessee
• Waterway Plastics, of Oxnard, California

The recalled drain covers were incorrectly rated to handle the flow of water through the cover, which could pose a possible entrapment hazard to swimmers and bathers. To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported.

The recall involves various pool and spa drain covers. Additional photographs of the recalled drain cover models can be accessed at the firms’ websites (indicated below); manufacturer name, websites, and sold dates follow:

• A&A: www.aamfg.com; December 2008 – April 2011
• AquaStar: www.aquastarpoolproducts.com: December 2008 – April 2011
• Color Match: www.poolfittings.com; December 2008 – April 2011
• Custom Molded Products: www.c-m-p.com; December 2008 – April 2011
• Hayward Pool Products: www.hayward-pool.com; December 2008 – April 2011
• Pentair Water Pool & Spa: www.pentairpool.com; June 2009 – April 2011
• Rising Dragon: www.risingdragonplastics.com; December 2008 – April 2011
• Waterway: www.waterwayplastics.com; December 2008 – April 2011

Pool owners/operators and consumers in possession of the defective pool or spa drain covers should immediately contact the manufacturer to receive a replacement or retrofit, depending on the make and model involved.

Except for kiddie pools, wading pools, and in-ground spas, retrofit or replacement of installed covers is not required in pools with multiple drain systems or gravity drainage systems or for covers installed before December 19, 2008, the CPSC said.

For additional information, consumers should contact the Drain Cover Recall Hotline, toll-free, at 1.866.478.3521 any time, or at the Drain Cover Recall website at www.apsp.org/draincoverrecall.

Consumers with drain covers from Waterway Plastics should contact the firm, toll-free, at 1.866.719.6044 from 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Pacific Time (PT), or at the firm’s website (see list, above).

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