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Pool Alarm Defect Could Lead to San Diego Drowning Accident

Pool alarms are generally an effective way to prevent a tragic San Diego drowning accident. However, if your pool is currently protected by a PE12 PoolEye pool alarm, your family may be at risk.

According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), SmartPool LLC is recalling 1,600 PE12 PoolEye submersible swimming pool alarms for aboveground pools. Due to a manufacturing defect, the ON/OFF activation switch on the pool alarm is reversed. Accordingly, the problem can cause the alarm to fail to alert consumers if a child enters the water. Thankfully, no injuries have been reported to date.

The defective pool alarms were sold at Family Leisure, Pool and Spa Depot and other authorized dealers, as well as online at Amazon, Doheny Enterprise, Target, Walmart and other websites from June 2016 through July 2016 for between $70 and $80. The alarms were also provided at no cost as part of a pool package.

As described in the recall notice, the submersible gray pool alarm consists of two attached components, a sensor tube with a float switch that is submerged under water and an audible sensor that is fixed to the outside of the pool. The siren has an ON/OFF activation switch. PoolEye is printed on the front of the siren. PE12 is printed on the manual and UPC code 628208165125 is printed on the product’s packaging.

Given the serious drowning risk, the CPSC advises that consumers should immediately contact SmartPool for a free replacement alarm. Of course, it is always important to supervise children in and around water.

If your child 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.