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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Kathleen Begala
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1193
July 6, 1993
Release # 93-089

Delair Group Renews Offer Of Replacement Parts For "A" Frame Ladders

PRODUCT: 52-inch "A" frame pool ladders manufactured by Delair Group, Inc. The affected ladders are model numbers X4932-01 and X4932-06.

PROBLEM: When pressure is applied, the handrails of the ladders may bend outward, creating a gap between the handrail and the side plate. This gap allows room for fingers or hands to become caught and injured.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers with these ladders should call 1-800-235-0185 to receive replacement parts that will connect the sideplate to the handrails; this will prevent a gap from forming.

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Delair Group, Inc., Delair, NJ, is reissuing notice of a repair program for their 52-inch "A" frame pool ladders, model numbers X4932-01 and X4932-06. When pressure is applied to the handrails of the ladder, the handrails can bend outward, creating a gap between the handrail and side plate. This gap allows room for fingers or hands to become caught and injured.

With the new pool season here, Delair is reissuing this notice to alert owners of the affected ladders who have not responded to the previous notice. Delair Group, Inc. received a total of 10 consumer reports of children's fingers or hands being caught in the ladders since the ladders were first distributed in April 1990. Injuries included minor scrapes, severe lacerations, and a severed tendon.

Approximately 7,500 pool ladders were distributed from April 1990 through October 1, 1991. The ladders were sold by Delair under the "Patriot" trade name to swimming pool supply distributors and retailers predominantly in the eastern United States.

The Patriot trademark is not affixed to the ladder. However, consumers can identify the affected ladders, model numbers X4932-01 and X4932-06, by checking the model numbers listed on the instruction sheets included with the ladders' packaging.

Consumers who purchased the affected pool ladders will be sent two new ladder sideplates, two new handrails, and instructions on how to install the parts. The replacement parts are designed to connect the sideplates to the handrails. This will prevent a gap from forming when pressure is exerted on the handrail.

Consumers who purchased the affected pool ladders but have not already received replacement parts from Delair Group, Inc. may write to Patriot Manufacturing Co., 8600 River Road, Delair, NJ 08110. Consumers should give their name, address, phone number, the date they purchased the pool ladder, and enclose a copy of the sales receipt or a photo of the ladder for positive identification. Consumers may also call the company's customer service department at 1-800-235-0185.

CPSC is announcing this repair program as part of its mission to protect the public from unreasonable risks of injury and death associated with consumer products. The Commission's objective is to help reduce the estimated 28.6 million injuries and 21,700 deaths that occur each year with the 15,000 different types of consumer products within CPSC'S jurisdiction.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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