Pool Drain Cover Recall Hits Pool Industry Manufacturers
In a rare reversal, the Consumer Product Safety Commission has issued a recall for as many as one million previously “approved” pool drain covers. This latest recall was issued after questions were raised about the prior testing methods used in the original approval process.
The severity and breadth of the recall effort was not lost on Scott Wolfson, CPSC public affairs director, in his announcement. “We know this is a very difficult message to share with the public as we roll into Memorial Day weekend, but better to address this now than in the middle of the swim season when a child was hurt on one of these recalled drains”
Apparently, the issue came down to the level of flow rate through the pool drain covers. The CPSC stated that the recalled pool 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”
Accordingly, a large number of previously “approved” pool drain covers which were installed during the VGB compliance period will have to be replaced. This will create a great deal of work for the same pool companies that installed these pool drain covers the first time around. In addition, this may be costly to the manufactures as well in a trying economic period for the pool industry in general. The funding source for the labor expense to switch the pool drain covers is yet established.
Eight manufacturers were named in the CPSC announcement as part of the recall: A&A Manufacturing, AquaStar Pool Products, Color Match Pool Fittings, Custom Molded Products, Hayward Pool Products, Pentair Water Pool and Spa, Rising Dragon Plastics and Waterway Plastics.