Friday, January 30, 2009

L.L. Bean Recalls Ice Cleats Used During Winter Weather Due to Fall Hazard

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Stabilicer Lite Cleats

Units: About 7,000

Distributor: L.L. Bean Inc., of Freeport, Maine

Manufacturer: 32 Degrees North, of Biddeford, Maine

Hazard: The elastic harness system attaching the cleats to footwear can detach, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received two reports of the harness breaking. No injuries have been reported.

Description: This recall involves Stabilicers Lite cleats with model number BNX9. The cleats are worn over footwear for traction in winter walking conditions. The recalled cleats were sold in blue, orange, and pink. Black Stabilicers Lite cleats are not included in this recall. The cleats were sold in sizes small through extra large. The name Stabilicers Lite appears in raised letters on the underside of the harness.

Sold at: L.L. Bean stores nationwide, LLBean.com and the L.L. Bean catalog from August 2008 through November 2008 for about $20.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled cleats and contact L.L. Bean to receive a replacement or refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact L.L. Bean at (800) 555-9717 anytime or visit the firm's Web site at www.llbean.com .

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