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Nearly 76,000 Snorkels Sold at Costco Recalled for Drowning Hazard

snorkels at Costco recalled

Tens of thousands of snorkels that were sold nationwide at Costco are being recalled because of an issue that can cause them to leak. According to a news report in the International Business Times, the recall involves about 76,000 units of the Oceanic Adult Dry Top Snorkels. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) says in its alert that the problem is that the bottom purge valve can actually leak, posing a “drowning hazard” to the user.

Details of the Recall

Oceanic said in an alert that sometimes the snorkel’s lower purge might let in water during use. The issue described only concerns the snorkel in the set. The manufacturer said the quality of the snorkeling mask and fins is still good. So far, Oceanic has received 13 reports of the snorkels leaking—one injury involved minor cuts to a consumer who tripped after a snorkel leaked.

Imported by Huish Outdoors, the snorkels affected by the recall are white and gray in color and are about 16.5 inches tall. They were sold exclusively at Costco as part of a snorkeling set from February to July. Those with these products are urged to stop using them and instead register for a replacement snorkel at no cost, including the shipping fee.

Consumers are also urged to destroy the snorkel by cutting the flexible grey tube so it can no longer be used. Oceanic has also said that the recall is not being done in cooperation with Costco and customers should not return the recalled item to the store.

Product Liability Issues

Product manufacturers have the responsibility to make products that are safe for consumers. When there is a product defect, they also have the obligation to recall them promptly. When a dangerous or defective product causes serious injury or death, victims or families of deceased victims have rights.

Injured victims can file a product liability claim against the manufacturer seeking compensation for medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, permanent injury, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.

Families of drowning victims can also file a wrongful death claim seeking damages. An experienced product liability lawyer can advise victims or families regarding their legal rights and options. The best product defect law firms always offer free consultations and comprehensive case evaluations to victims and their families.


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