|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 18, 2007
Firm’s Recall Hotline: (800) 914-4567
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
Kong Maxx Ladder Stands Sold at Gander Mountain Recalled Due to Fall Hazard
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: Kong Maxx Ladder Stands
Units: About 6,000
Manufacturer: Gorilla Inc., of Flushing, Mich.
Hazard: The ladder stands can become unstable while in use, causing the user to fall. The addition of one ladder section to the stand makes the platform further away from the bracing. When the stand is at its full height, the distance between the bracing and the platform may result in platform instability prior to attachment to and/or detachment from the tree.
Incidents/Injuries: Gorilla Inc. has received two reports of consumers who fell from these ladder stands and suffered injuries to the back and knee.
Description: This recall involves Gorilla Kong Maxx Ladder Stands with model number 43032 and batch numbers G051507, G051507D, G061507D, G071507D, and G081507D. Model numbers are printed on the box only. Batch numbers are stamped on the vertical rail of the first ladder section. The stand is 19-feet to the shooting rail, or 16-foot 8-inches to the platform. The foot platform measures 17 ½ -inches wide. This is the only Gorilla, Inc. ladder stand with these dimensions.
Sold at: Gander Mountain stores nationwide from July 2007 through September 2007 for about $180.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the ladder stands and contact Gorilla Inc. to receive a refund.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Gorilla Inc. at (800) 914-4567 between 9 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.gorillatreestands.com. Consumers can also write the firm at Gorilla, Inc. 3475 Eastman Drive Flushing, Mich. 48433.
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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