Pool drain cover recall leaves Greensboro swimmers at high risk of entrapment or drowning in pool accidents

Pentair Water Pool and Spa in Sanford, N.C., is one of many pool drain cover manufacturers that has been investigated for selling faulty drain covers to consumers, according to an article in USA Today. Swimming pool accidents in Greensboro, Hickory and elsewhere in the state are more common this time of year, so adults, babysitters and lifeguards at public pools must keep a watchful eye on small children in order to avoid an entrapment or drowning incident in the pool.

We first documented the potential pool drain cover recall in April on our North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, when we reported that the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) subpoenaed documents from three laboratories that had tested pool and spa drain covers.

The investigation found that the testing process that determines the flow rating of drain covers was done improperly, thereby certifying certain drain covers to comply with standards that weren’t matched to the Virginia Graeme Baker Pool and Spa Safety Act. The CPSC recently announced a recall of about 1 million pool drain covers, which led to the closing of public pools with faulty drain covers.

“I know this is a very difficult message for many communities to hear so close to Memorial Day weekend, but we cannot risk a child becoming entrapped in a recalled drain cover,” said Inez Tenenbaum, CPSC Chairwoman.

The P&SS Act went into effect in 2008 to prevent pool accidents, especially with small children, in which the drain’s suction sucks them into the drain and traps them under water. Faulty drain covers can lead to serious and sometimes fatal injuries if a child can’t break loose of the drain’s suction.

Other manufacturers besides Pentair Water Pool and Spa who have recalled drain covers include: A&A Manufacturing of Phoenix; AquaStar Pool Products of San Diego; Color Match Pool Fittings of Surprise, AZ; Custom Molded Products of GA; Hayward Pool Products of NJ; Rising Dragon USA of TN; and Waterway Plastics of CA.

Pool Safely reports there have already been 55 drownings and another 63 near-drownings leading into Memorial Day weekend across the U.S. in 2011. As part of a national crusade, the CPSC is kicking off the second year of the Pool Safely: Simple Steps Save Lives campaign to reduce entrapment or submersion incidents in public or private pools.

If you are a pool owner and have questions about your drain cover, call the pool industry’s drain cover recall hotline at 1-866-478-3521 to get the answers you need. You can also visit The Association of Pool and Spa Professionals for detailed information about pool and spa drain cover recalls.

If you or a loved one has been involved in a drowning or pool accident in North Carolina, contact the personal injury lawyers at the Lee Law Offices, P.A. for advice about your rights. Call for a free initial consultation at 1-800-887-1965.

More Blog Entries:
CPSC Unveils New Database to Decrease Risks of Harmful Product Use in North Carolina and Elsewhere, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, May 26, 2011

Knightdale, North Carolina Swimming Pool Accident Leads to Paralysis, North Carolina Personal Injury Lawyers Blog, November 26, 2010

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