A 2008 mandate, intent on increasing public safety, prompted the installation of new pool drain covers nation wide in order to increase safety for children in both public and private pools. On May 26th, 2011, the Consumer Product Safety Commission made a decision to recall close to a million defective pool drain covers throughout the country. This recall comes in light of new evidence that these drain covers were certified using faulty test standards, resulting in incorrect water flow ratings for hundreds of thousands of covers. A worst case scenario could see children, in public and private pools nationwide, becoming trapped under water by drains capable of producing hundreds of pounds of suction force, resulting in serious injury and possibly death. Luckily, as of right now, no deaths have been attributed to these defective drain covers, but the drowning hazard they present has prompted the CPSC to take action.
The covers, manufactured between December 2008 and April 2011, were produced and sold by the companies: A&A Manufacturing of Phoenix; AquaStar Pool Products of San Diego; Color Match Pool Fittings of Surprise, Ariz.; Custom Molded Products of Tyrone, Ga.; Hayward Pool Products of Elizabeth, N.J.; Pentair Water Pool and Spa of Sanford N.C.; Rising Dragon USA of Sweetwater, Tenn.; and Waterway Plastics of Oxnard, California. If you think that you may own one of these drain covers, contact your manufacturer as soon as possible to discuss replacement.