Eight Manufacturers Recall Pool and In-Ground Spa Drain Covers Due to Possible Entrapment Hazard to Swimmers

This past summer, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with eight manufacturers, announced a voluntary recall of pool and spa drain covers. 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.  About 1 million drain covers are subject to this recall.

 

Contact Manufacturer for a Replacement

Abbey’s Hope strongly urges public pool or spa owners/operators and consumers who have their own residential pool or spa and who have one of the recalled pool/spa drain covers to immediately contact the manufacturer to receive a replacement. Please note that 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.

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

Company

Model Information (websites)

Dates Sold

Remedy

A&A

www.aamfg.com

Dec. 2008 - Apr. 2011

Replacement or Retrofit

AquaStar

www.aquastarpoolproducts.com

Dec. 2008 - Apr.2011

Replacement or Retrofit

Color Match

www.poolfittings.com

Dec. 2008 - Apr. 2011

Replacement or Retrofit

Custom Molded Products

www.c-m-p.com

Dec. 2008 - Apr. 2011

Replacement or Retrofit

Hayward Pool Products

www.hayward-pool.com

Dec. 2008 - Apr. 2011

Replacement or Retrofit

Pentair Water Pool & Spa

www.pentairpool.com

June 2009 - Apr. 2011

Replacement or Retrofit

Rising Dragon

www.risingdragonplastics.com

Dec. 2008 - Apr. 2011

Replacement or Retrofit

Waterway

www.waterwayplastics.com

Dec. 2008 - Apr. 2011

Replacement or Retrofit

What you should do if you think your pool may have a recalled drain cover:

  1. Contact your pool or spa service provider and ask them if your drain covers are subject to the recall.  The manufacturer links above have photos of the dangerous covers;
  2. Never remove a drain cover yourself.  If your drain cover is subject to the recall, call your pool or spa professional.  They have the proper expertise for a safe removal.  You will be reimbursed by the drain cover manufacturer for reasonable costs for replacement.
  3. Do not use the pool or spa until the recalled drain cover is replaced.  This is a good opportunity to remind children to ALWAYS stay away from pool and spa drains.

For more information about the drain cover recall, please see the Consumer Product Safety Commission press release.

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  • Use the Water Watchdog System to make sure children are always closely supervised in the pool area.

  • Remind kids to stay away from pool and hot tub drains.

  • Never dive into water less than 9 feet deep.

  • Keep gates to the pool area latched.


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