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 in some instances, the snorkel’s lower purge may 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 of this year. Those who have these products are urged to stop using them and instead register to get a replacement snorkel at no cost including the shipping fee.
Consumers are also urged to destroy the snorkel by cutting the grey flexible 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 damages such as medical expenses, lost wages, hospitalization, permanent injury, pain and suffering, and emotional distress.
Families of drowning victims can file a wrongful death claim seeking damages as well. An experienced product liability lawyer will be able to advise victims or families in such cases 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.