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May 26, 1995

Release # 95-125
CPSC: Kate Premo
(301) 504-0580, Ext. 1187

CPSC & Buddy L Inc. Announce Recall of Swimming Pool Clamps

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Buddy L Inc. of Gloversville, N.Y., is recalling metal clamps used to hold filter hoses in above-ground swimming pools.

If installed incorrectly, the metal clamps placed on the inside of the pool can scratch or cut individuals in the pool who come in contact with the edge of the metal clamps. Since May 1994, Buddy L has received 18 reports of injury from people using the above-ground pools with improperly installed metal clamps.

Buddy L distributed approximately 75,000 pools with the metal clamps which includes model number 1213 (12 inches in diameter by 36 feet in height), model number 1214 (15 feet in diameter by 36 feet in height) and model number 1215 (15 inches in diameter by 42 inches in height). Hardware, discount and specialty stores sold the pools during the 1994 summer season for about $151.95, $199.95 and $309.95, respectively.

CPSC and Buddy L urge pool owners who purchased the above model numbers to discontinue use of the pools with the metal clamps and call Buddy L at (800) 589-3343 for free, plastic, replacement clamps. The pool can continue to be used without the metal clamps.

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 obtain this release and recall information or report product hazards to