April 12, 1994


Release # 94-059


PRODUCT: Approximately 14,400 American Camper NY90 Rope Hammocks by Nelson Weather-Rite, Inc.

PROBLEM: The ropes can give way causing the user to fall to the ground.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should dispose of the recalled hammocks immediately. Nelson/Weather-Rite, Inc. at, 14760, Santa Fe Trail Drive, Lenexa, KS 66215, is no longer in business.

WASHINGTON, DC -- CPSC, Nelson Weather-Rite, Inc., Lenexa, KS, is voluntarily recalling its American Camper NY90 Rope Hammock. The NY90 Hammock has cotton ropes that stretch, loosening the twine binding that secures the rope in a loop around the rings at the end of the hammock. As a result, the ropes can work their way loose from the rings and allow the hammock to drop to the ground.

The hammock is described as a giant rope hammock, 90 by 48 inches, with heavy-duty, knotted cotton ropes, and 49 inch wooden spreader bars.

Nelson Weather-Rite, Inc. has received 5 reported incidents of the hammock collapsing resulting in 5 minor injuries to users. The injuries included sprains to the lower back, elbow, and forearm and abrasions to various parts of the body.

The NY90 Hammock was sold nationwide from February 1992 to October 1993. Approximately 14,400 hammocks were distributed for sale in retail stores. Although the incident rate is low, the entire quantity is being recalled in the interest of consumer safety.