Updated Recall: Sportsstuff Wego Kite Tube inflatable watercraft for use with power boats
On 2011-08-29, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published an updated recall regarding Sportsstuff Wego Kite Tube inflatable watercraft for use with power boats due to a potential crash hazard. This product sold new beginning in October 2005 for about $500.00 to $600.00. It was originally recalled on 2006-07-13.
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What is the problem?
Sportsstuff has been unable to determine the cause of the incidents.
How can I tell if I own this product?
The Sportsstuff Wego Kite Tube is a 10-foot-wide, circular, yellow inflatable watercraft designed to be towed behind a power boat. A rider in the tube becomes airborne by pulling on handles attached to the floor of the tube. Model 53-5000 is printed on the tube near the product valve. The floor of the tube has black caution warning stripes. The cover for the product bears a skull and crossbones and the statement Never Kite higher than you are willing to fall.
Information on where these items sold new+: The tubes were imported and sold through marine distributors, mail order catalogs, and various retailers from approximately October 1, 2005 to July 11, 2006 for about $500 to $600.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
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The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
Consumers should immediately stop using the kite tubes and discard them. The firm is no longer in business. Remedy and contact information are no longer available.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
CPSC staff is aware of 39 injury incidents with 29 of those resulting in medical treatment. Those injuries include a broken neck, punctured lung, chest and back injuries and facial injuries. Sportsstuff has received reports of two deaths in the United States and a variety of serious injuries. Sportsstuff has been unable to determine the cause of the incidents. Nevertheless, the company has withdrawn the kite tube from the market and is undertaking this voluntary recall out of an abundance of caution.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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