|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Originally issued August 19, 2005, Last Revised April 28, 2008
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Firm is out of business. Remedy is no longer available.
CPSC, Kadant Composites Inc. Announce Recall of Certain GeoDeck™ Decking and Railing Materials
WASHINGTON, D.C. – 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: GeoDeck™ Decking and Railing Materials
Units: About 11,000 constructed decks
Manufacturer: Kadant Composites Inc., of Bedford, Mass.
Hazard: When the decking or railing material is exposed to hot temperatures and sunlight, it can prematurely degrade. The degraded material could break, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
Incidents/Injuries: Kadant Composites has received about 370 reports of accelerated degradation of the decking material. No injuries have been reported.
Description: GeoDeck™ is a composite decking product that looks similar to natural wood and is sold in three colors including: driftwood, cedar and mahogany. The decking materials were manufactured between April 2002 and October 2003. Each decking and railing component has a manufacturing date stamp (day/month/year) on the cut end, which may still be visible on uninstalled materials.
Sold at: Retail lumberyards nationwide from April 2002 through July 2005 for between about $2 and $2.50 per linear foot.
Manufactured in: United States
Remedy: Consumers should check their GeoDeck™ decking materials for visible cracks on the surface and check to see if the surface can be easily scratched with a fingernail or the corner of a credit card. However, the firm is out of business and a remedy is no longer available, so consumers will need to arrange for repairs themselves.
Consumer Contact: Firm is out of business. Contact Information is no longer available.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. Please tell us about your experience with the product on SaferProducts.gov
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