August 8, 1996
Release # 96-183
|CPSC: Hanna Simone
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1185
CPSC, EZ Sales, Twin Oaks Hammock Company, and
Safesport Manufacturing Company Announce Recall of Mini-Hammocks
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), EZ Sales of
Gardena, Calif., Twin Oaks Hammock Company of Louisa, Va., and Safesport Manufacturing
Company of Chapin, S.C., are recalling 75,000 light-weight, net mini-hammocks that do not
have spreader bars. Some EZ Sales hammocks were marketed using the "Hang Ten"
label and trademark.
These manufacturers join 10 other manufacturers and importers of mini-hammocks without
spreader bars who are recalling 3 million of the potentially dangerous products this year.
Without spreader bars to hold the mini-hammock bed open, the mini-hammock can twist around
a child's neck as he/she is getting into or out of the mini-hammock, resulting in
strangulation and death. When a net mini-hammock is attached to an indoor or outdoor
location such as trees, decks, porches, or recreation rooms, it hangs like a thin rope.
The mini-hammock can suddenly become twisted around a child's neck and strangle him. This
can happen when children are attempting to climb into or out of, are playing on, or are
swinging on mini-hammocks like swings.
Between 1984 and 1995, CPSC received reports of 12 children between the ages of five and
17 years old who became entangled and died when using net mini-hammocks without spreader
bars. CPSC is also aware of an injury to a seven-year-old girl who suffered permanent
brain damage from a near-strangulation in a mini-hammock. Another near-fatal incident
involved a five-year-old boy who was found entangled in a mini-hammock but was
resuscitated by his mother.
Mini-hammocks are light-weight, portable, thin net hammocks that are made without spreader
bars. They measure between five to seven feet wide and seven to 20 feet long. This recall
affects the EZ Sales "Hang Ten" mini-hammock, Twin Oaks Backpacker mini-hammock,
and the Safesport Portable Hammock.
Sporting goods stores, such as Herman's World of Sports, sold the EZ Sales "Hang
Ten" mini-hammocks nationwide from 1979 to 1991 for $6 to $16. Small outdoor
equipment stores sold the Twin Oaks mini-hammocks nationwide since the early 1980s for $8
to $14. The Twin Oaks mini-hammocks were also sold through catalogues. Surplus and
sporting goods stores sold the Safesport mini-hammocks nationwide from 1994 through 1996
for about $8.
Consumers should immediately take down mini-hammocks from porches, decks, trees,
recreation rooms and other locations. Consumers should return the mini-hammocks to the
store where they were purchased for a full refund or a replacement hammock. If consumers
do not know the retailer or manufacturer of their net mini-hammock, they should destroy
the mini-hammock immediately to prevent strangulation death or injury.
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
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