The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) recently recalled about 1 million pool and spa drain covers because of the injuries that have resulted when the defective covers caused swimmers to become entrapped and drown. The move could result in the closure of thousands of swimming pools around the country, including the Jacksonville city pools, which were closed over the Memorial Day holiday following the recall notice but reopened Wednesday, June 1, after the city’s review found that none of the recalled drain covers are found in the city pools. Instead they have a gravity feed drainage system which does not present a danger, according to a report in The Florida Times-Union.
An investigation by the CPSC found that the defective drains were certified and put in use based on faulty and inaccurate flow ratings that can result in suction so strong that it can entrap and disembowel a swimmer. According to a May 2011 report by the CPSC, there were 97 reports of entrapment between 1999 and 2010, 79% of the incidents involved children under the age of 18. Included in the incidents were 11 fatal entrapments of children and one adult.
Pools that have multiple main drains or a gravity system do not have to be replaced. The following drain cover manufacturers are recalled: A&A Manufacturing of Phoenix; AquaStar Pool Products of San Diego; Color Match Pool Fittings of Surprise, Ariz.; Custom Molded Products of Tyrone, Ga.; Hayward Pool Products of Elizabeth, N.J.; Pentair Water Pool and Spa of Sanford N.C.; Rising Dragon USA of Sweetwater, Tenn.; and Waterway Plastics of Oxnard, Calif.
The Farah & Farah law firm commends our city leaders for taking immediate action to investigate the city pools for defective drain covers. Their investigation found the city’s 33 pools did not contain these defective drain covers that have killed so many children. If you or a family member is harmed by a defective product, an experienced Florida defective product lawyer can conduct a thorough product liability investigation into the cause of the accident and determine the at-fault party or parties that will be responsible for the costs associated with your injury or compensation for a wrongful death.
Sources: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11230.html and http://jacksonville.com/community/mandarin/2011-06-01/story/pool-drain-cover-recall-doesn-t-affect-jacksonville-city-pools