December 19, 2001
Game Tracker Has Recalled Climbing Sticks and Tree Steps
- Game Tracker Inc.
has recalled 25,000
climbing sticks and tree steps. The buckles on the climbing sticks and tree
steps can fail, posing a risk of serious injury to hunters.
Game Tracker and CPSC have received 16 reports of buckles failing, including
one hunter who suffered a partial finger amputation and five others who
suffered cuts, sprains, and bruises.
The recalled Gorilla Ultralite Climbing Sticks, model number 3163, have the
serial numbers 040501, 050501, and 060801, printed on the main brace of the
stick. The climbing sticks come in three to a package, are gray in color,
have black swivel fold down foot pegs, and a black strap and buckle system.
The recalled Strap-on Tree Steps, model numbers 3152 and 3153, have serial
number 2899 stamped on the side of the metal step. The tree steps have a
black strap, with a metal J hook, black buckle, and a metal step.
Hunting supply stores and catalogs nationwide sold these climbing sticks and
tree steps from February 1999 through September 2001 for between $7 and $100
Consumers should stop using these climbing sticks and tree steps
immediately. Consumers should return the product to the company, by writing
to: The Game Tracker Inc., Attn: Product Safety Coordinator, PO Box 380,
3475 Eastman Dr., Flushing, MI 48433. Game Tracker will provide a free
repair of the climbing sticks and a free replacement for the tree steps. For
more information, consumers can call the company at (800) 241-4833 between 8
a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or log on to the company's website