Note: This recall has been expanded in May 2010 and again in October 2010.
|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 7, 2010
Release # 10-101
|Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 972-6168
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 products. 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: Ameristep Plastic Strap-On Tree Step
Units: About 16,000
Manufacturer: Primal Vantage Co., Inc., of Randolph, N.J.
Hazard: The plastic portion of the step can break, posing a fall hazard to the user.
Incidents/Injuries: Primal Vantage has received five complaints of step breakage, including two reports of consumers being bruised and cut.
Description: Product is a plastic tree step that attaches to a tree via a nylon strap and a large metal buckle. It is used to climb a tree in order to hunt from an elevated position. Models 105 and 155 both have a 12/08 date code, which is stamped on the plastic portion of the step.
Sold at: The product was sold in 2009 at various outdoor and sporting goods retailers nationwide as a 3-step package in model 105 or as a single step in model 155.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the tree steps immediately. They should contact Primal Vantage for details on how to obtain a full refund. Consumers are asked not to return the product to retail stores as refunds can only be provided by Primal Vantage.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Primal Vantage toll free at (866) 972-6168 between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit their website at www.treestandcustomerservice.com to print a return form or for further information on how to locate the date code on your tree step.
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