Primal Vantage Expands Recall of Plastic Tree Steps Due to Fall Hazard

October 27, 2010
Release #11-024
Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 972-6168
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Primal Vantage Expands Recall of Plastic Tree Steps 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: Ameristep Plastic Strap-On Tree Step

Units: About 40,000 (In January and May 2010 releases #10-101 with 16,000 products, and #10-236 with an additional 1,800 recalled steps, bringing the total to 17,800, included date codes 12/08 and 10/08, December 2008 and October 2008 respectively). All steps that include a "08" date code are being added to the recall, adding 22,000 units.

Manufacturer: Primal Vantage Co., Inc., of Randolph, N.J.

Hazard: The plastic portion of the step can break, posing a fall hazard to the user.

Incidents/Injuries: Primal Vantage has received six complaints of step breakage, including two reports of consumers being bruised and cut.

Description: Product is a plastic tree step that attaches to a tree via a nylon strap and a large metal buckle. It is used to climb a tree in order to hunt from an elevated position. Model numbers 105 and 155 both have a "08", which is stamped on the plastic portion of the step denoting the year of manufacture.

Sold at: The product was sold from April 2008 through November 2009 at various outdoor and sporting goods retailers nationwide as a 3-step package in model 105 or as a single step in model 155.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the tree steps immediately. They should contact Primal Vantage for details on how to obtain a full refund. Consumers are asked not to return the product to retail stores as refunds can only be provided by Primal Vantage.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Primal Vantage toll free at (866) 972-6168 between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit their website at to print a return form or for further information on how to locate the date code on your tree step.

Picture of Recalled Strap-On Tree Step