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Defective Baby Boat

Written by Faith Anderson on October 17, 2012
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Defective Inflatable Baby Boat Recall

In 2001, Aqua-Leisure and the CPSC issued a recall of 90,000 “Sun Smart” inflatable baby boats, due to similar consumer complaints. Between July 2003 and July 2006, the company received reports of 17 incidents in which inflatable baby boats sold after the 2001 recall were defective. According to the reports, the baby boat seats “ripped,” “fell out,” “failed,” “split,” “tore,” or “separated” from the boat, including four cases in which a baby boat seat ripped, causing the child to fall into the water. By October 31, 2008, Aqua-Leisure was aware of at least 24 complaints involving several models of inflatable baby boats since the 2001 recall, but failed to adequately notify the CPSC until May 2009.

Aqua-Leisure Fails to Report Problem to CPSC

On July 2, 2009, Aqua-Leisure and the CPSC announced a recall of 4 million inflatable baby boats, which were sold nationwide from December 2002 through June 2009, for between $8 and $15. By the time the recall was issued, there had been 31 consumer complaints of boat seats tearing, causing children to fall into or under the water. Unfortunately, because Aqua-Leisure failed to immediately report the problem with the baby boats to the CPSC, many more children were exposed to the drowning hazard than should have been. Federal law requires manufacturers, retailers and distributors to report to the CPSC within 24 hours after obtaining information indicating that a product contains a defect that could create a potential hazard, creates an unreasonable risk of injury or death, or fails to comply with CPSC rules and regulations.

Product Liability Lawyers for Defective Children’s Products

In agreeing to the $650,000 settlement, Aqua-Leisure denies CPSC staff allegations that its inflatable baby boats contained a defect that could create a considerable product hazard, or that its product could create an unreasonable risk of injury or death, or that the company violated the reporting requirements established by the Consumer Product Safety Act. If your child has suffered an injury caused by a defective children’s product, an experienced product liability lawyer can help. Here at Consumer Justice Foundation, our consumer advocates work hard to protect the rights of consumers, helping them stand up against big businesses, corporations and deceptive insurance companies. We can help put you in touch with a qualified product liability attorney in you area, so that you can pursue the compensation you deserve for your child’s injuries.

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