Swimming pool can trap swimmer

On July 20, 2011 Pool and In-Ground Spa Drain Covers have been recalled for safety reasons.

This recall involves various pool and spa drain covers that can be identified by the company name and model information listed below.

  • Hayward Pool Products Canada check website sold from December 2008 to June 2011 number of units 2366 contact information 1-888-407-9281 from 9:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. EST, Monday through Friday
  • Custom Molded Products check website sold from 2008 to 2011 number of units is 1282 contact information1-866-478-3521
  • Waterway Plastics check website sold from 2008 to 2011 number of units 1279 contact information 1-800-719-6044
  • AquaStar Pool Products Inc. check website sold from December 2008 to April 2011 number of units 778 contact information 1-877-726-3671
  • Pentair Water Pool and Spa, Inc. check website sold from June 2009 to April 2011 number of units 763 contact 1-866-478-3521

What is the danger?

The recalled drain covers were incorrectly rated to handle the flow of water through the cover, which could pose a possible entrapment hazard to swimmers and bathers.

At time of the recall in Canada, Health Canada and the affected companies have not received any reports of deaths or injuries related to the use of these drain covers.

What should I do?

You should immediately contact the appropriate company to receive a replacement or retrofit, depending on their make and model. Except for kiddie pools, wading pools and in-ground spas, retrofit or replacement of installed covers are not required in pools with multiple drain systems or gravity drainage systems or for covers installed before December 19, 2008.

For additional information, you should contact the Drain Cover Recall Hotline toll-free at 1-866-478-3521 any time, or visit the Drain Cover Recall website.

How many were sold and where?

Less than 10,000 of the recalled products were sold in Canada. The recalled products were sold from 2008 to 2011.

The affected drain covers were manufactured in China and the United States.

The companies who distribute these covers include:

  • AquaStar Pool Products of San Diego, California ,
  • Custom Molded Products of Tyrone, Georgia ,
  • Hayward Pool Products of Elizabeth, New Jersey ,
  • Pentair Water Pool and Spa of Sanford, North Carolina ,
  • Waterway Plastics of Oxnard, California

Insurance Answer

When a company manufactures, distributes or retails a product then there will always be requirements that you meet certain quality control. Unfortunately the safety measures that are in place in Canada and the United States are not the same when a product is made outside of these countries.

Product recall insurance is an important part of a business insurance policy if you sell products to the public, particularly when a product is aimed at a higher risk type of product. The quality and control must be of the highest standard when failure to do so can result in death. Your duty of care to a consumer will be considered in a courtroom and part of a lawsuit for negligence.

Be sure that you have discussed your operation fully with your commercial insurance agent or broker. Turners Tips always recommends that you take control of your insurance by seeking expert advice.