February 3, 1997
Release # 97-065
|CPSC: Rick Frost
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1166
CPSC and Hydro-Air Industries Recall Main
Drain Covers in Spas, Hot Tubs, and Swimming Pools
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Hydro-Air
Industries of Orange, Calif., is recalling about 206,000 (model 10-6200) main drain covers
in spas, hot tubs, and swimming pools.
Hydro-Air's model 10-6200 drain cover is designed to cover pipes carrying water out of
spas, hot tubs, and swimming pools. Under certain circumstances, a bather's head can be
held under water if the bather's hair becomes entangled in the drain cover as the water
and hair are drawn through the drain.
Hydro-Air is aware of two drownings and one near drowning resulting from hair getting
trapped in the drain cover.
Hydro-Air's model 10-6200 drain cover is a white circular plastic disc, measuring 6 inches
in diameter with 18 rectangular openings on top. Each rectangular opening measures 3/4
inch long by 5/16 inch wide. "Hydro Air P/N 10-6200" is imprinted on the top of
the cover. This drain cover was installed in spas, hot tubs, and swimming pools from 1980
Consumers should inspect their spas, hot tubs, and swimming pools to determine if the
model 10-6200 drain cover is installed. If so, consumers should immediately stop using
their spas, hot tubs, and pools and contact Hydro-Air at (800) 230-9560 to receive a free
replacement part. Swimming pool owners can contact Hydro-Air at (800) 230-9560 for
guidance in the inspection process.
Consumers should not use their spas, hot tubs, and swimming pools until the replacement
part has been installed. If consumers choose to use their spas, hot tubs, and pools before
the replacement part is installed, consumers should use extreme caution and follow these
- Keep long hair away from the main drain cover. Wear
a bathing cap or pin hair up.
- Never allow a child to play in a way that could
permit the child's hair to come near the main drain cover. Always supervise children
around a spa, hot tub, or swimming pool.
- If the main drain cover is missing or broken, shut
down the spa, hot tub, or swimming pool until the cover is replaced.
- Know where the cut-off switch for the pump is
located, so that you can turn it off in an emergency.
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