Gander Mountain Tree Stands Recalled Due to Fall HazardNov 14, 2009 | Parker Waichman LLP
About 13,000 Hang-On Fixed Position Treestands, imported by Gander Mountain Company of St. Paul, Minnesota and manufactured by StrongBuilt, of Waterproof, Louisiana, have been recalled, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) just announced.
The clasp on the Gander Mountain Hang-On Fixed Position Treestands may open unexpectedly if the strap is fastened incorrectly, causing the treestand and user to fall to the ground. To date, Gander Mountain has received two reports of consumers falling while using the treestands; one sustained unspecified injuries and a second person sustained a broken pelvis and broken arm.
Gander Mountain is recalling the 2008 model GMT101 and 2008 model GMT103 Hang-On Fixed Position Treestands. The recalled treestands have wire mesh on the base of the platform to the top of the footrest and a Gander Mountain logo on the front of the seat. In addition, the seat has a camouflage pattern that is branded “AP” and “REALTREE.” Model GMT101 has “Steel Hang-On With Foot Rest” printed in large bold print on the exterior of the box and the GMT103 has “Large Steel Hang-On With Foot Rest” printed on the exterior of the box. This recall does not affect the 2009 year models GMT101 and GMT103 Hang-On Fixed Position Treestands manufactured by Rivers Edge.
The recalled Gander Mountain Treestands were sold only at Gander Mountain stores from July 2008 until July 2009. The GMT101 was sold for about $60 and the GMT103 was sold for about $80. The recalled treestands were manufactured in China.
Of note, defective imports from China have been making headlines in recent years; this treestand recall is another of many such issues on which we have been writing. In 2008, nearly 80 percent of all product recalls in the United States involved imports from China. Products such as dog food, baby formula, toys with lead paint, and even pharmaceuticals like heparin have been found to have been made with toxic materials and other counterfeit ingredients that have long been putting United States consumers at significant risk. Also making news is the ongoing Chinese drywall disaster involving imports from that country.
The CPSC is advising consumers to immediately stop using the recalled treestands and return them to Gander Mountain for a refund, exchange for a 2009 model, or a store credit. Gander Mountain can be reached toll-free at 1-888-542-6337 Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. and 10:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday between 9:00 a.m. and 8:00 p.m., Eastern Time, or at the firm’s Web site at www.gandermountain.com