Baby’s pool float faces recall after consumer reports of safety problems
Posted on March 25th, 2009 by Zane Cagle
The Ticklish Turtle, a baby’s water float manufactured by Aqua-Leisure Industries, faces a potential nation-wide recall after a Boston news channel investigation team uncovered evidence that the company has received multiple consumer complaints of near child drownings.
Among the internal corporate documents, statements included phrases such a, “10-month-old went right through the seat,” and “child almost drowned.” Despite these reports, however, Boston Channel stated that the company continued to allow the defective product to be sold in stores.
Former Aqua-Leisure customer service supervisor Robert St. Jacques worked with the company when the complaints came in about the Ticklish Turtle and put his concerns in writing to his supervisors. “I am not shy to let them know if a product has a potential injury or serious drowning issue. That’s my job.”
According to Boston Channel’s Team 5 Investigates, a product nearly identical to the Ticklish Turtle, SunSmart Float, was recalled in 2001 following a dozen complaints to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission that the product was defective and children were falling into the water.
So far, Aqua-Leisure has not recalled the toy, but insists that it has stopped selling it. It plans to market a similar floating device this year that has a stronger leg divider.
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