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Thursday, May 31, 2007

NRS Paddlefloat Recall!

NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 31, 2007
Release #07-201 Firm’s Recall Hotline: (877) 677-4327
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908






Kayak Paddle Floats Recalled by NRS Due to Drowning Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.



Name of product: NRS Sea Kayak Paddle Floats



Units: About 1,000



Distributor: NRS, of Moscow, Idaho




Hazard: The plastic tubes used to inflate the paddle float could break and deflate, posing a drowning hazard to consumers.


Incidents/Injuries: NRS has received five reports of paddle floats breaking and deflating. No injuries have been reported.



Description: The NRS Sea Kayak Paddle Float is an inflatable device that is attached to one side of the paddle to help the kayaker re-enter the kayak in open water. The paddle float is yellow and black and measures 15” wide by 28” long, before inflation. The NRS logo is on one side. This recall involves those paddle floats with inflation tubes that are clear or translucent. Paddle floats with black tubes are not included.



Sold at: NRS stores nationwide and NRS catalogs from July 2006 through March 2007 for about $40.



Manufactured in: China


Remedy: Consumers should stop using the paddle floats immediately and contact NRS to determine if you have one of the recalled models. NRS will provide a free replacement paddle float for consumers with recalled units.


Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers should call NRS toll-free at (877) 677-4327 between 6 a.m. and 7 p.m. PST Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.nrsweb.com

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