This week in safety: Summer recalls

Consumer Reports News: July 24, 2009 08:02 PM

With boating season at full throttle, we'd like to call attention to the recall this week of 94,000 Sevylor tow-behind tubes because the hitch that connects the towable to the boat can break and project pieces of the plastic toward the boat or rider. Sevylor has gotten one report of an occupant of a boat being struck by a piece of the hitch, which was still attached to the towrope.

The recall includes 27 models, including the one at right, that were sold over the past four years for between $50 and $240. See the recall notice for more details.

Water tubing has been growing in popularity and too often ends up in a trip to the ER or worse. The danger comes from the lack of control by either the driver of the boat or the rider in directing the tube away from objects in the water or along the shore. This month alone, there has been a series of news reports about tubing accidents. In Florida, a 14-year-old girl is recovering from serious head trauma suffered when she hit a grove of Mangrove trees while being towed behind a boat. Two Illinois teens were airlifted to a hospital with serious injuries after the tube on which they were riding hit a floating dock. And a 10-year-old Mississippi girl died after the inner tube on which she was being towed hit some tree roots below the water level in a river. Cautionary tales, indeed.

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