CPSC and Hydro-Air Industries Recall Main Drain Covers in Spas, Hot Tubs, and Swimming Pools

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE CONTACT:
February 3, 1997 (301) 504-7908
Release # 97-065
 

CPSC and Hydro-Air Industries Recall Main Drain Covers in Spas, Hot Tubs, and Swimming Pools

WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Hydro-Air Industries of Orange, Calif., is recalling about 206,000 (model 10-6200) main drain covers in spas, hot tubs, and swimming pools.

Hydro-Air's model 10-6200 drain cover is designed to cover pipes carrying water out of spas, hot tubs, and swimming pools. Under certain circumstances, a bather's head can be held under water if the bather's hair becomes entangled in the drain cover as the water and hair are drawn through the drain.

Hydro-Air is aware of two drownings and one near drowning resulting from hair getting trapped in the drain cover.
Drain Cover

Hydro-Air's model 10-6200 drain cover is a white circular plastic disc, measuring 6 inches in diameter with 18 rectangular openings on top. Each rectangular opening measures 3/4 inch long by 5/16 inch wide. "Hydro Air P/N 10-6200" is imprinted on the top of the cover. This drain cover was installed in spas, hot tubs, and swimming pools from 1980 to 1995.

Consumers should inspect their spas, hot tubs, and swimming pools to determine if the model 10-6200 drain cover is installed. If so, consumers should immediately stop using their spas, hot tubs, and pools and contact Hydro-Air at (800) 230-9560 to receive a free replacement part. Swimming pool owners can contact Hydro-Air at (800) 230-9560 for guidance in the inspection process.

Consumers should not use their spas, hot tubs, and swimming pools until the replacement part has been installed. If consumers choose to use their spas, hot tubs, and pools before the replacement part is installed, consumers should use extreme caution and follow these precautions:

- Keep long hair away from the main drain cover. Wear a bathing cap or pin hair up.

- Never allow a child to play in a way that could permit the child's hair to come near the main drain cover. Always supervise children around a spa, hot tub, or swimming pool.

- If the main drain cover is missing or broken, shut down the spa, hot tub, or swimming pool until the cover is replaced.

- Know where the cut-off switch for the pump is located, so that you can turn it off in an emergency.