May 21, 2002Aqua-Leisure Industries Reminds Consumers
about Recall of Inflatable Baby Floats
- Aqua-Leisure Industries Inc. has recalled
about 90,000 "SunSmart"
baby floats announced in November 2001. The leg holes in the seat of the
float can tear, causing children to unexpectedly fall into the water and
Baby floats purchased after September 2001 are not involved in this recall.
Aqua-Leisure and CPSC have received 12 reports of the floats' seats tearing
and causing children to fall into the water. There were four incidents of
children becoming completely submerged before a caregiver was able to reach
them. No injuries have been reported.
The recalled floats are packaged as "SunSmart" Baby Adjustable Sunshade
Boats. The baby floats are blue and white circular tubes with a seat in the
middle, and a detachable protective sunshade. The vinyl floats, intended for
ages 6 months to 18 months, have pictures of purple crabs and various
colored fish along the top. The word, "SunSmart" is printed across the front
of the float. The recalled boats can be identified by the lettering "C/S"
molded on the valve. Only floats with the "C/S" lettering are involved in
the recall, subsequent floats have been corrected.
Juvenile products, specialty and discount department stores nationwide,
including Target, K-Mart, Bed Bath and Beyond and Baby Central, sold the
baby floats from August 2000 through September 2001 for between $10 and $13.
Consumers should stop using these recalled floats immediately and contact
Aqua-Leisure for a free replacement. Consumers can contact Aqua-Leisure at
(866) 807-3998 between 9 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or
visit the firm's web site at www.aqualeisure.com.