|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 2007
Firm's Recall Hotline: (877) 677-4327
Kayak Paddle Floats Recalled by NRS Due to Drowning Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. 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: NRS Sea Kayak Paddle Floats
Units: About 1,000
Distributor: NRS, of Moscow, Idaho
Hazard: The plastic tubes used to inflate the paddle float could break and deflate, posing a drowning hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: NRS has received five reports of paddle floats breaking and deflating. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The NRS Sea Kayak Paddle Float is an inflatable device that is attached to one side of the paddle to help the kayaker re-enter the kayak in open water. The paddle float is yellow and black and measures 15" wide by 28" long, before inflation. The NRS logo is on one side. This recall involves those paddle floats with inflation tubes that are clear or translucent. Paddle floats with black tubes are not included.
Sold at: NRS stores nationwide and NRS catalogs from July 2006 through March 2007 for about $40.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the paddle floats immediately and contact NRS to determine if you have one of the recalled models. NRS will provide a free replacement paddle float for consumers with recalled units.
Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers should call NRS toll-free at (877) 677-4327 between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. PST Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.nrsweb.com
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