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4 million Aqua Leisure inflatable baby floats recalled for drowning hazard.

Boston, MA–Aqua-Leisure Industries has participated in a voluntary recall of approximately 4 million units of Inflatable Baby Floats. Aqua-Leisure Industries is a company based out of Avon, Massachusetts. The recall was issued after discovering the floats pose a drowning hazard. The seats of the floats consist of leg straps. The straps can rip, allowing children to fall into the water. Federal regulators with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) www.cpsc.gov announced the recall on July 2, 2009. The primary duty of the CPSC is to protect consumers from unsafe consumer products.

A complete list and pictures of the recalled items can be found at http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml09/09261.html. The colors and styles of the floats varied. Dates located on the valves of the floats between 08/02 through 07/08 are subject to the federal recall. Floats with “NP” on the valve are not subject to the recall.

No injuries related to the recall have been reported. However, 31 incidents of float seats ripping have been reported. The recalled inflatable floats were made in China. The floats retailed for about $8 to $15 at retailers across the country. The following are a few of the stores that sold the product: Bed, Bath, & Beyond, Ace Hardware, Walgreens, Kmart, Dollar General, Wal-Mart, Toys “R” Us, and Target. The recalled baby floats were available for sale from December 2002 to June 2009. The Norfolk County firm urges consumers to stop using the recalled floats. A full refund is available by contacting Aqua-Leisure. Questions can be directed to the company by phone at 866-807-3998 or by visiting their website at www.aqualeisure.com. Consumers who have been injured by the recalled items may be entitled to compensation for their damages.

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