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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT: Stacey Reuben Mesa
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1189
April 12, 1994
Release # 94-059

Nelson Weather-Rite, Inc. Recalls Rope Hammock

PRODUCT: Approximately 14,400 American Camper NY90 Rope Hammocks by Nelson Weather-Rite, Inc.

PROBLEM: The ropes can give way causing the user to fall to the ground.

WHAT TO DO: Consumers should return hammocks to place of purchase for a refund. Consumers may also contact Nelson/Weather-Rite, Inc. regarding any questions at 1-800-255-6061 or write to Nelson/Weather-Rite Customer Service, 14760, Santa Fe Trail Drive, Lenexa, KS 66215.

WASHINGTON, DC -- In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Nelson Weather-Rite, Inc., Lenexa, KS, is voluntarily recalling its American Camper NY90 Rope Hammock. The NY90 Hammock has cotton ropes that stretch, loosening the twine binding that secures the rope in a loop around the rings at the end of the hammock. As a result, the ropes can work their way loose from the rings and allow the hammock to drop to the ground.

The hammock is described as a giant rope hammock, 90 by 48 inches, with heavy-duty, knotted cotton ropes, and 49 inch wooden spreader bars.

Nelson Weather-Rite, Inc. has received 5 reported incidents of the hammock collapsing resulting in 5 minor injuries to users. The injuries included sprains to the lower back, elbow, and forearm and abrasions to various parts of the body.

The NY90 Hammock was sold nationwide from February 1992 to October 1993. Approximately 14,400 hammocks were distributed for sale in retail stores. Although the incident rate is low, the entire quantity is being recalled in the interest of consumer safety.

Consumers should stop use of the hammock and return them to the place of purchase for a refund. Consumers may contact Nelson/Weather-Rite, Inc. regarding any questions at 1-800-255-6061 or write to Nelson/Weather-Rite Customer Service, 14760, Santa Fe Trail Drive, Lenexa, KS 66215.

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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