Federal regulators recently announced a product recall that may hit close to Illinois homes this Memorial Day weekend. Many pools across the country will need to replace faulty safety equipment that can lead to swimmers getting trapped underwater and drowning. The product recall of pool drains involves 1 million covers. The timing of the product recall by the United States Product Safety Commission (CSPC) made many pool owners and operators frustrated. Our Illinois product liability lawyers hope that such action will prevent injuries or deaths. Pool owners and operators have, in the recent years, installed safety equipment; unfortunately, this has failed to make these drains safe. Hiring a pool professional to replace drains can cost hundreds of dollars, which frustrates the homeowners and operators. The CPSC noted that larger pools with multiple drains or gravity draining systems will not need to close, but those with a single main drain will need to close if their drain is one of those recalled.
The danger of pool drains, which may seem harmless, occurs when the drains do not have proper covers. Then, the drains can act like supercharged vacuum cleaners, which are capable of trapping people under water with hundreds of pounds of suction force. Earlier this year, a Chicago Tribune investigation revealed how pool drain covers failed safety tests. The investigation revealed a confidential report where witnesses to tests concluded that some pool drain covers certified that the drains could result in “serious injuries and/or death.” The CPSC had also fielded safety complaints about the drain covers for more than two years, but did not launch any investigation until last year.
The pool drain product recall includes dozens of models made by eight major manufacturers. The product recall includes A and A Manufacturing, AquaStar Pool Products, Cool Match Pool Fittings, Custom Molded Products, Hayward Pool Products, Pentair Water Pool and Spa, and Rising Dragon and Waterway Plastics.
Our Chicago personal injury lawyers hope that if your pool is affected by this recall, you will take steps to fix the issue immediately to prevent serious injury or death.
Read more about the pool drain recall at Chicago Tribune.