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Recalled Pool Covers Pose Drowning Risk

Anchor Industries recently announced the recall of safety pool covers that pose a serious drowning risk. According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the brass-plated snap hooks used to connect the cover’s cables to the wall can break. Anchor Industries has received 20 reports of snap hook failures; thankfully, no injuries have been reported.

As San Diego injury lawyers, the recall is concerning. Every year between 2010 and 2012, approximately 382 children younger than 15 fatally drowned in pools or spas, with 76 percent of the victims being younger than five. In addition, approximately 5,400 children younger than 15 were treated in emergency rooms for pool- or spa-related submersion injuries. The majority of all pool drowning incidents involve residential pools and spas.

The recent recall involves mesh and solid-material Anchor 5-Star, Anchor Mesh, Classic Solid, and Defender Mesh brand custom safety pool covers. They were sold at independent pool supply stores and dealers nationwide from September 2014 to November 2014 for about $3,000.

As described in the recall notice, the covers’ cables are connected to the pool wall using brass-plated snap hooks with a gold-tone spring tab, a seam, and a hook end with a bezel. The date of manufacture appears on the warning label on the underside of each pool cover. Manufacture dates of “Sep 14,” “Oct 14,” and “Nov 14” are subject to the recall. “Manufactured by Anchor Industries, Inc.” also appears on the label.

Due to the drowning risk, consumers should immediately contact their pool cover dealer to schedule an inspection and replacement of the defective snap hooks.

If you or someone you care about has suffered serious harm due to a recalled or otherwise defective product, you may be entitled to compensation. To discuss your legal rights, contact a San Diego product liability lawyer at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage for a free consultation.