Note: A lawsuit by CPSC has been filed in relation to this recall

July 6, 2004
Release # 04-173
Firm's Hotline: (800) 204-7435

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: Big Foot Series and Lite Foot Series hunting tree stands

Units: About 78,000

Manufacturer: Rivers Edge/Ardisam, Inc., of Cumberland, Wis.

Hazard: If the strap mounting bracket loosens or rotates, the strap hook can release, causing the tree stand to detach from the tree. If this occurs, the consumer could fall to the ground.

Incidents/Injuries: Rivers Edge/Ardisam, Inc. has received three reports of consumers falling when their stands detached. Two of these consumers reportedly suffered serious injuries, including broken bones.

Description: The recalled Big Foot and Lite Foot Series hunting tree stands are "hang-on" stands that can be identified by a yellow warning label affixed to the stand that reads: "Rivers Edge Hunting Products." These tree stands have dual post seat uprights and a gold-colored strap hook bracket. Only these model tree stands with the gold-colored bracket are included in this recall.

Sold in: Hunting stores and catalogs nationwide beginning in January 1998 for between $60 and $120. The tree stands were manufactured from January 1998 though July 2001.

Manufactured in: U.S.A.

Remedy: Consumers should contact Rivers Edge/Ardisam, Inc. to receive free replacement hardware for self-installation.

Consumer Contact: Call Rivers Edge/Ardisam, Inc. at (800) 204-7435 or visit their Web site at

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