July 23, 2009 Release # 09-285
Sevca LLC Recalls Sevylor® Tow Behinds; Quick Hitch Connectors Break, Posing Serious Hazard to Users
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: Sevylor® Tow Behinds with Quick Hitch Connectors
Units: About 94,000
Importer: Sevca, LLC of Wichita, KS
Manufacturer: Shanghai Suofeng Plastic Metal Manufactures Co., Ltd., China
Hazard: The Quick Hitch, which connects the towable to the boat, can break and project pieces of the plastic Quick Hitch back towards the boat. If this occurs, an individual can be struck and seriously injured.
Incidents/Injuries: Sevca LLC has received one report of an occupant of a boat being struck by a piece of the Quick Hitch still attached to the towrope.
Description: The recall involves the following model Sevylor® Tow Behinds with Quick Hitch component. The Quick Hitches were manufactured between 2005 and 2009.
Sold at: Department and retail stores nationwide from January 2005 through December 2009 for between about $50 and $240.
Manufactured in: China
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using their recalled tow behinds and contact Sevca to receive instructions on how to remove the Quick Hitch from their tow behind and use the tow behind without the Quick Hitch. Consumers will receive a 1-2 person tow rope for returning the Quick Hitch.
Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Sevca at (800) 356-3612 between 7:00 a.m. and 4:45 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or visit the firms' Web site at www.sevylor.com