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CPSC Announce Recall of 1 Million Pool Drain Covers

On May 26, 2011 the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced a voluntary recall of around 1 million pool and in-ground spa drain covers. Though there have been no injuries reported yet, the drain covers were recalled due to incorrect safety ratings regarding the flow of water through the cover. Drain covers were mandated by a 2008 law intended to prevent accidents in which swimmers can get trapped underwater by the suction of pool or spa drains. The CPSC found that many of those drain covers were certified by labs that used faulty standards.

The following manufacturers' drains were recalled: A&A Manufacturing of Phoenix; AquaStar Pool Products of San Deigo; Color Match Pool Fittings of Surprise, Arizona; Custom Molded Products of Tyrone, Georgia; Hayward Pool Productions of Elizabeth, New Jersey; Pentair Water Pool and Spa of Sanford, North Carolina; Rising Dragon USA of Sweetwater, Tennessee; and Waterway Plastics of Oxnard, California. The drains were sold between December 2008 and April 2011.

Pool owners and operators who have one of the recalled pool or spa drain covers should contact the manufacturer to receive a replacement or retrofit, depending on the model. Except for kiddie pools, wading pools, and in-ground spas, retrofit or replacement of installed covers are not required in pools with multiple drain systems or gravity drainage systems or for covers installed before December 19, 2008.

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