On January 16, 1997, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Sta-Rite Industries Inc. announced a recall to retrofit more than 135,000 floor inlet fittings used in gunnite and concrete pools and spas. If improperly installed, the fittings can cause a swimmer’s hair to be sucked into the cover and become entangled in the fitting, which poses a drowning hazard.
The company has received two reports of drowning incidents resulting from hair becoming trapped in the fitting when it is used as an equalizer or suction fitting. The recall affects all floor inlet fittings with model number 08417 that were used in gunnite or concrete pools and spas. The recall does not affect fittings used in above-ground or vinyl-lined pools.
Consumers are urged to contact their pool or spa contractor to determine if their inlet fitting is affected by the recall. Sta-Rite can be contacted at 262-728-5551.