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Aqua Swim ‘N’ Spa Recall

On May 26, 1993, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Rio Plastics Inc. (formerly known as Pool Technology Ltd.) announced that Rio Plastics would be voluntarily replacing certain suction covers on five models of the “Aqua Swim ‘N’ Spa” swim spas that were sold between 1986 and 1990. The recalled spa suction covers pose a drowning hazard, as a swimmer’s hair can become entangled in the suction covers when the jets are turned on.

The company has received one report of a young girl drowning when her hair became entangled in the cover, and an additional report of a child who struggled free from the cover and sustained injury to her scalp.

The recall affects the Aqua Swim ‘N’ Spa thermoplastic and fiberglass swim spas with the following model numbers:

  • ASNS-16
  • ASNS-18
  • ASNS-19
  • ASJ-SP-14
  • ASJ-SS-14

The spas are 14 or 19 feet in length and function as both an exercise pool and a spa.

Consumers are urged to immediately contact Rio Plastics at 210-831-2715 to receive free replacement suction covers and to keep hair away from existing suction covers until the replacement covers arrive.

Baqua Plus Pool Tablet Recall

On July 31, 1997, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Zeneca Pool Products announced a recall of approximately 17,000 boxes of Baqua Plus Oxidizer Increaser tablets, due to defective packaging that poses a risk of contact with the chemicals in the product.

The company has received 20 reports of the tablets degrading and expanding beyond the original protective packaging at high temperatures. The chemicals in the tablets, sodium perborate and sodium bisulfate, can cause eye burning and irritation of the skin, respiratory passages, and mucous membranes upon contact.

The recall affects all Baqua Plus Oxidizer Increaser tablets, packaged in a blue cardboard carton with 16 individually-sealed pouches. The pouches each contain two large white tablets, measuring 3-5/6 inches wide and 1 inch thick. Baqua Plus Oxidizer Increaser is used to maintain the clarity of swimming pool water.

The tablets were sold at authorized Baquacil dealers nationwide from March 1997 through June 1997. Consumers are urged to stop using the recalled tablets immediately and inspect the product for any signs of degradation, such as a slimy appearance, expanded pouches or cartons, or moist cardboard.

The company can be contacted at 888-203-7726 for more information about how to dispose of degraded tablets. Consumers with recalled tablets can return the product to the store where purchased for a full refund or exchange.

Buddy L Pool Clamp Recall

On May 26, 1995, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Buddy L. Inc. announced a recall of approximately 75,000 metal pool clamps used to hold filter hoses on above-ground swimming pools, due to a laceration hazard from sharp edges if swimmers come into contact with the clamps.

The metal clamps were included on above-ground pools sold in 1994 with model number 1213 (12 inches in diameter and 36 inches high), model number 1214 (15 inches in diameter and 42 inches high), or model number 1215 (15 inches in diameter and 42 inches high).

Since the summer of 1994, the company has received 18 reports of injury from the metal clamps. Consumers are advised to discontinue use of any pools with the metal clamps and contact Buddy L. at 800-589-3343 to receive free plastic replacement clamps.

Hayward Pool Heater Recall

On August 21, 2003, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Hayward Pool Products, Inc. announced a recall of approximately 15,800 gas pool heaters due to a fire or explosion hazard. The company has received four reports of fire and explosion incidents occurring when defective circuit boards allowed gas to accumulate in the heater cover.

The recall affects all Hayward H-Series ED2 natural-draft pool heaters with the following model numbers printed inside the unit on the heater floor:

  • H150ED2
  • H150PED2
  • H200ED2
  • H200PED2
  • H250ED2
  • H250PED2
  • H250PEDH2
  • H300ED2
  • H300PED2
  • H3503D2
  • H350PED2
  • H400ED2
  • H400PED2

The heaters were sold through various pool installers and distributors nationwide from December 2002 through June 2003.

Consumers are advised to shut off the pool heater immediately by switching off the corresponding circuit breaker and to contact Hayward Pool Products Inc. at 888-HAYWARD to schedule the installation of a free replacement heater.

Hydro-Air Pool Drain Cover Recall

On February 3, 1997, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Hydro-Air Industries announced a recall of approximately 206,000 main drain covers used in swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas after receiving reports of at least two drowning incidents and one near-drowning connected to use of the drain covers.

A swimmer’s hair can become entangled in the drain cover and cause the swimmer’s head to be held underwater by the suction of the drain.

The recall affects the Hydro-Air model #10-6200 drain covers, which are white, circular plastic disks with a 6-inch diameter and 18 rectangular openings on top. “Hydro Air P/N 10-6200” is imprinted on the cover. The drain covers were installed in swimming pools, hot tubs, and spas from 1980 to 1995.

Consumers are urged to inspect all pools, hot tubs, and spas to see if the recalled Hydro-Air drain is in use. Consumers should stop using the drain covers immediately and call Hydro-Air at 800-230-9560 to receive a free replacement product.

MiniMax Gas Pool Heater Recall

On January 4, 2007, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Pentair Water Pool and Spa Inc. announced a recall of approximately 105,000 MiniMax NT STD gas pool heaters that were installed indoors, due to a risk of carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning.

The recalled pool heaters can emit excessive amounts of CO, which can result in CO poisoning if there is a vent leak in heaters installed indoors. The heaters were sold nationwide through pool heater distributors and pool equipment dealers from April 2002 through May 2006.

The recall affects all Pentair MiniMax NT STD gas pool heaters with BTU ratings between 200,000 and 400,000 that run on either natural gas or propane, with either no serial number or serial numbers 0606002 and lower. The following model numbers are included in the recall:

  • 460427 through 460430
  • 460439 through 460450
  • 460531 through 460538
  • 460543 through 460566

The MiniMax NT Low NOx and MiniMax NT TSI models and heaters with serial number 0606003 and higher are not included in the recall.

Consumers are advised to immediately stop using the recalled pool heaters that are installed indoors and contact Pentair Water Pool and Spa at 866-761-5272 to arrange a free inspection and repair.

Sta-Rite Pool Filter Recall

On January 28, 2004, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Sta-Rite Industries Inc. announced a recall of approximately 8,500 Sta-Rite System 2 and AquaTools pool filters and filter systems, citing a risk of injury to consumers if the top shell of the filter blows off. The company has received three reports of the upper tank shell blowing off, with reports of minor injuries to individuals servicing the filters.

The recall affects all Sta-Rite System 2 and AquaTools filters and filter systems with a “Posi-Lok” locking ring. The ring is supposed to secure the upper tank shell to the lower tank shell, but it can disengage in the faulty products.

The pool filters were sold through pool equipment retail stores and wholesale distributors nationwide from January 2003 through October 2003 for use with above-ground pools and small in-ground pools.

Pool owners are advised to check their Sta-Rite filter’s model number and contact Sta-Rite at 866-681-9148 to determine if their filter is affected by the recall. A free replacement Posi-Lok locking ring will be provided to consumers with recalled products.

Sta-Rite Pool Fitting Recall

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.

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