|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 4, 2007
Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 549-8829
Intex Recreation Corp. Recalls Ladders for Above-Ground Pools Due to Fall 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: "Intex®," "Easy Set®" and "Sand N Sun" Above-Ground Pool Ladders
Units: About 466,000
Importer: Intex Recreation Corp., of Long Beach, Calif.
Hazard: The ladder's plastic steps can be assembled backward on the support brackets. If this happens, the ladder steps can break and the user can fall.
Incidents/Injuries: Intex has received 172 reports of steps breaking during use. There were 127 reports of injuries, including six leg lacerations requiring up to 21 stitches, five reports of bone fractures, two back injuries, two reports of torn ligaments, eight sprained ankles, and other minor injuries.
Description: The recall includes 42-inch, 48-inch, and 52-inch "A" frame pool ladders. The ladders were sold with above ground pools with the brand names "Intex®," "Easy Set®" and "Sand N Sun" in the following sizes:
|15-foot by 42-inch||15-foot by 48-inch||16-foot by 42-inch|
|16-foot by 48-inch||18-foot by 48-inch||24-foot by 52-inch|
Each leg of the recalled ladder has two pieces joined together with a metal sleeve. The ladders have either three or four blue plastic steps on each side of the "A" that attach to blue plastic support brackets mounted on the legs.
The following pool ladders are not included in the recall:
- "A" frame ladders with single piece legs
- "A" frame ladders with two-piece legs and a 300 lb. weight limit listed on the ladder warning label (sold with pools after February 2007).
Sold at: Wal-Mart, Sam's Club, and Target stores nationwide, from February 2006 through February 2007. Pools with 52-inch ladders were also sold at other retailers nationwide during this time. Above-ground pool sets that included the ladders sold for between $150 and $800 depending on pool size and included accessories.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the ladders and contact Intex to obtain information about how to obtain a free replacement ladder.
Consumer Contact: Consumers should call Intex at (800) 549-8829 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit www.intexcorp.com
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