Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Crane Plumbing Recalls Bath Tubs With A Whirlpool Due to Entrapment and Drowning Hazards

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: Crane Bath Tubs With A Whirlpool

Units: About 5,500

Manufacturer: Crane Plumbing LLC, of Dallas, Texas

Hazard: The drain covers in the tubs can entangle a bather's hair in the openings, causing the bather's head to be held under water, which can result in drowning.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The bathtubs are acrylic with 6-12 jets. The Crane logo is printed on the whirlpool and/or noted on the air control valve.

Sold at: Home improvement, retail and wholesale stores nationwide from March 2007 through February 2009 for between $700 and $2,700.

Manufactured in: United States and Canada

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled tubs. Consumers can contact Crane for additional identification information on affected tubs. Consumers who have the recalled tub have two options:

Contact Crane directly to arrange for a service agent to perform a free, in-person replacement in their home or facility; or
Consumers can choose to replace the part themselves and Crane will provide them with a free repair kit and directions.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Crane Plumbing toll-free at (866) 876-3632 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at www.craneplumbing.com

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