One Million Pool Drain Covers Recalled

The AP /New York Times reported, “Eight manufacturers have voluntarily recalled about one million pool and in-ground spa drain covers because of incorrect water flow ratings.” The Consumer Product Safety Commission said “the recalled covers could pose a possible entrapment hazard to swimmers and bathers.” Manufacturers include “Arizona-based A&A Manufacturing and Color Match Pool Fittings, California-based AquaStar Pool Products Inc. and Waterway Plastic, Georgia-based Custom Molded Products, New Jersey-based Hayward Pool Products, North Carolina-based Pentair Water Pool and Spa and Tennessee-based Rising Dragon USA.”

USA Today reported, “The recall is the result of months of investigation in which the CPSC subpoenaed 17,000 pages of documents from testing laboratories, which the agency says used bad standards in testing the drain covers.” CPSC Chairwoman Inez Tenenbaum “urged public pools with recalled covers to close immediately until they can be replaced” and instructed private pool owners to contact manufacturers right away, pointing to the risk of a “child becoming entrapped in a recalled drain cover.”