New York, N.Y. — The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Rivers Edge Tree Stands Inc. voluntarily recalled 14,000 tree stands for hunters. The CPSC announced the nationwide product recall on October 24, 2012.
The tree stands were recalled after discovering that the nap-hook assemblies can fail, causing the tree stand and the user to fall to the ground.
The defective tree stands reportedly caused injuries to two people. One victim sustained bumps, bruises and soreness, while another suffered a broken toe and lacerated hand.
“The recalled products are Rivers Edge® Big Foot, Lite Foot and Baby Big Foot tree stands. The tree stands are used for bow and rifle hunting. They are made of metal with a dark gray finish and have black nylon straps with white stitching. The seats are camouflage and black and feature a yellow Rivers Edge logo on the top. The snap-hook assembly is used to attach the stand to trees or poles. Recalled models have the date ‘2012’ on the round ID tag located on the crossbar beneath the seat and do not have an orange dot and an “X” stamped on the snap-hook,” the CPSC reported.
The following models are being recalled:
• Big Foot- Model Number: RE500
• Big Foot- Model Number: XLRE501
• Lite Foot- Model Number: RE503
• Baby Big Foot- Model Number: RE504
• Big Foot with Footrest- Model Number: RE506
• Big Foot XL with Footrest- Model Number: RE507
• Big Foot XL with Fast Sticks- Model Number: RE510
• Big Foot XL Lounger- Model Number: RE511
Consumers are advised to contact Rivers Edge Tree Stands Inc. to receive a free replacement snap-hook assembly.
For more information concerning the product recall, consumers can contact Rivers Edge toll-free at (866) 527-9690 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or at www.riversedgesafetyrecall.com for more information.
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