September 10, 2003CPSC, Swimways Corp. Announce Recall of
The U.S. Consumer
Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary
cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled
products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of product: "Sandy Claws" Swim Trainers
Units: About 3,400
Manufacturer: Swimways Corp., of Virginia Beach, Va.
Hazard: The nylon body strap on the swim trainer can detach or tear from the
flotation device and release a child into water, posing a serious drowning
hazard to young children.
Incidents/Injuries: There have been seven reports of the body straps
detaching and two reports of the seams splitting, though no injuries have
Description: The recalled "Sandy Claws" Swim Trainer is a red and yellow
colored fabric crab with eight stuffed legs and two eyes covering a
styrofoam buoyancy float. Black straps are attached to the side seams to
fasten around a child. Printed on the underside of the crab float are the
words, "Swim Ways" and "CAUTION: This is not a lifesaving device. Do not
leave child unattended while in use."
Sold at: Specialty pool and toy stories nationwide and Internet retailers
sold the flotation devices from January 2003 through July 2003 for about
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the swim trainers immediately and return
them to the company for a full refund. Swimways will provide consumers with
a self-addressed envelope to return the product.
Consumer Contact: Consumers should contact Swimways at (800) 889-7946
between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday.