Drowning Hazard: Power inflators recalled by Aqua Lung America

07/01/2010 // WPB, FL, USA // Nicole Howley // Nicole Howley

Vista, CA—Power inflators by Aqua Lung America have been voluntarily recalled for drowning hazards the products pose. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall on June 30, 2010, which advises consumers to stop using the inflators immediately.

About 1,380 power inflators have been recalled in the U.S., while another 530 inflators were recalled in Canada. The recall was initiated after discovering that the oral inflator button is not properly bonded to the oral stem, which can fall off during usage. Leaks from the buoyancy compensator content are likely to occur as a result, which can cause the user to drown.

At this time Aqua Lung America has received one report of the oral inflate button falling off during use; no injuries were reported as a result.

The CPSC stated, “The power inflator is the black mouthpiece with the two brass buttons at the end of the corrugated hose. The recall involves all models of the Apeks WTX power inflators. Some of the recalled components were included on complete air cells. Those model numbers are: 388032, 388060, 388080, 388145, 388260, and 42775. The model number of the air cell can be found on the tag sewn on the center of the air cell or bladder.”

The recalled power inflators were sold at diving stores nationwide and in Canada from November 2006 through March 2010. The inflators sold for between $53 and $70 for the component and between $280 and $520 for the air cells.

Consumers are advised to stop using the inflator immediately and either bring it or send it to an authorized Apeks dealer to have it fixed for free. A free replacement product is also available.

For further information, consumers can contact Aqua Lung America at toll-free (877) 253-3483 or visit their website at www.aqualung.com.

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