USA- KSTP.com reports that a recall was issued for scuba equipment manufactured by Zeagle Sport. The recall, which was issued on Tuesday, October 23, 2018, applies to buoyancy control devices that present a drowning risk. In total, about 2,600 devices have been recalled.
According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the Zeagle Sport BCD inflators have defective buttons that can “break or fracture leading to a rapid loss of air or auto-inflation of the BCD.” The problem presents a drowning risk.
The company will provide consumers with a replacement device for free. There have been 23 reported incidents in which the buttons broke. None of the incidents led to injuries. The inflation devices were sold from August 2015 until July 2018.
The CPSC is an independent agency that has jurisdiction over many types of consumer products. Certain products are under the jurisdiction of other agencies, such the Department of Transportation, or the Food and Drug Administration, but thousands of consumer products including toys and sports equipment are within the CPSC’s territory.
In the United States, products have to meet certain safety standards. The CPSC helps to develop the standards, to enforce the standards, to notify the public about recalls, or force recalls when companies do not issue them, to research product safety and provide information to the public about product safety.
The goal of the CPSC is to protect the American public from products that present “unreasonable risks of injuries and deaths.” The CPSC reports that between October 1, 2014, and September 30, 2015 consumer products were at fault in about 4,200 deaths. The largest share of deaths came in the category of “Sports and Recreational Activities and Equipment.”
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