Companies Forced To Recall Aquatic Sports Products Due To Drowning Hazards In Florida
One of the best parts of living in Florida is access to the ocean. Unlike many of the colder states, the coast stays relatively warm all year round – allowing citizens to engage in a range of aquatic sports. Paddle boarding, snorkeling, surfing, fishing, and diving are just a few examples of the many possibilities. The problem is that sometimes, aquatic sports products are incredibly dangerous due to serious flaws. These flaws can lead to serious injuries or even fatalities. Recently, a number of companies have been forced to recall various aquatic sports products due to these risks. But what can you do if you were injured while using an aquatic sports product like a paddle board or a scuba diving tank?
Surf 9 Recalls Paddle Boards Due to Drowning Hazards
On December 29th, the CPSC announced that a company called Surf 9 had been forced to recall over 13,000 paddle boards and body gloves. These two items were sold under the brand “Body Glove,” and they were distributed exclusively at Costco locations throughout the nation – including Florida. These products were sold as part of kits that include paddle boards, paddles, and other accessories.
The CPSC reports that the main issue has to do with the paddle boards, which are inflatable. Apparently, the glue used to hold the seams together is so weak that it can unexpectedly fail on the water. This causes the paddle board to deflate rapidly, posing a serious drowning hazard for anyone who isn’t prepared. Refunds are being offered for anyone who purchased these products.
BLU Forced to Recall Tankless Diving Systems Due to Drowning Hazard
Most scuba divers rely on tanks that they carry on their backs underwater. However, there is another option: A “tankless” system that floats on the surface of the water and provides oxygen to divers via a tube. One of these systems was sold by the company BLU3 to individuals in Florida and throughout the nation. But as the CPSC reported on December 22nd, this product – known as the “Nomad” – poses a serious drowning risk to anyone who uses it.
While the CPSC didn’t provide many details, the compressor head seems to be the issue. Apparently, this component can “fracture” unexpectedly during operation, causing restricted airflow. For divers deep under the surface who are relying on this airflow to survive, this issue can pose potentially deadly consequences. As a result of this, about 1,300 units have been recalled throughout the nation. BLU3 is offering to repair the defective products, and no injuries or deaths have been reported so far.
Where Can I Find a Qualified Personal Injury Attorney in Florida?
If you’ve been searching for a qualified, experienced Orlando personal injury attorney, look no further than Payer Law. Over the years, we have helped numerous injured plaintiffs pursue justice – including those who have been injured by defective products. If you have been injured by any of the items listed above or any other defective product, book your consultation with us as soon as possible. With our help, you can receive compensation for medical expenses, missed wages, emotional distress, and any other damages you might have incurred. Reach out today.