May 10, 1990


Release # 90-093


Washington, D.C.-- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), O'Brien International of Redmond WA has announced a product recall of Pro Flow waterski bindings sold after September 1, 1988 and before December 31, 1989.

The Pro Flow bindings are on O'Brien TRC, Competitor X, Pro Circuit and Splendor slalom models skis. Five skiers have reported injuries associated with Pro Flow binding which pulled apart and exposed sharp screws which caused foot lacerations.

The Pro Flow waterski bindings have a high wrap, open toe boot design. The words "Pro Flow" and the O'Brien trademark "O" are located above the three horizontal white stripes on the heel of the binding. Only those O'Brien bindings with the white stripes on the boots are involved.

Consumers who have this model O'Brien waterski binding should call O'Brien's consumer recall action line (1-800-284-SKIS) with questions and for repair instructions. The consumer will be provided with a repair kit and instructions to fix the potential problem or the owner can have the bindings repaired by a local authorized dealer or O'Brien International. In addition, O'Brien International is offering a corduroy hat to those owners requesting kits and making the repair. The action line is open from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m., Eastern time.