The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced recalls of the following products. Consumers should stop using recalled products unless otherwise instructed.
Sportsstuff Inc., of Omaha, Neb., is recalling 19,000 Wego Kite Tubes and withdrawing them from the market because the inflatable watercraft can cause serious injuries or death.
Sportsstuff has received reports of two deaths in the United States and a variety of serious injuries.
The Sportsstuff Wego Kite Tube is a 10-foot-wide, circular, yellow inflatable watercraft designed to be towed behind a power boat. A rider in the tube becomes airborne by pulling on handles attached to the floor of the tube. Model 53-5000 is printed on the tube near the product valve. The floor of the tube has black caution warning stripes. The product's cover bears a skull and crossbones and the statement, “Never Kite higher than you are willing to fall.”
The tubes were imported and sold through marine distributors, mail order catalogs and various retailers from October 2005 to July 2006 for $500 to$600.
Consumers should stop using the kite tubes and contact Sportsstuff at 866-831-5524 or www.sportsstuff.comto obtain free replacement products.