altOn May 26th, 2011, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with various different pool/spa drain cover manufacturers, announced a voluntary recall of several different models of pool and spa drain covers due to possible entrapment hazards.

What do you need to know about this recall?

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. As of this date (May 26, 2011) no injuries have been reported and these products were sold through independent distributors to professional pool and spa builders and installers.

This recall effects about 1 million pool or spa covers and involves the various pool and spa drain covers that can be identified by the manufacturers’ name and model information listed below:

A&A, Dec. 2008 – Apr. 2011    Replacement or Retrofit

AquaStar, Dec. 2008 – Apr.2011    Replacement or Retrofit

Color Match, Dec. 2008 – Apr. 2011    Replacement or Retrofit

Custom Molded Products, Dec. 2008 – Apr. 2011    Replacement or Retrofit

Hayward Pool Products, Dec. 2008 – Apr. 2011    Replacement or Retrofit

Pentair Water Pool & Spa, June 2009 – Apr. 2011    Replacement or Retrofit

Rising Dragon,  Dec. 2008 – Apr. 2011    Replacement or Retrofit

Waterway,  Dec. 2008 – Apr. 2011    Replacement or Retrofit

What should you do if you have one of these products in your pool or spa?

Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Pool owners/operators and consumers who have one of the recalled pool or spa drain covers should immediately contact the manufacturer 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.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, consumers should contact the Drain Cover Recall Hotline toll-free at (866) 478-3521 any time, or visit the Drain Cover Recall website. Consumers with drain covers from Waterway Plastics should contact the firm toll-free at (866) 719-6044 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT, or visit their website.

Visit each firm’s website for photos of recalled drain cover models.