May 17, 2006

Aqua-Leisure Industries Recalls Inflatable Pool Ladders for Fall Hazard

Name of Product: Simple Set Pool Ladders

Units: About 320,000

Importer: Aqua-Leisure Industries, of Avon, Mass.

Hazard: The plastic step support clips can be assembled upside down, causing the ladder steps to break under a user’s weight.

Description: The ladders were included with Aqua® Leisure Simple-Set® inflatable pools that range from 12- to 18-feet in diameter. The white metal arched ladders have two, three or four plastic blue steps on each side of the arch with two blue cross bars just above the top step. White plastic and metal clips are used to connect the steps to the ladder. Each step is molded with the words “Aqua® Leisure.”

Sold at: Discount department and toy stores nationwide from January 2002 through August 2005 for between $90 and $200, depending on the size of the pool.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the ladders and contact Aqua-Leisure for a free repair kit, including new assembly instructions and color-coded support clips. Ladders should be re-assembled using the new repair kits.

Consumer Contact: Consumers should call Aqua-Leisure toll-free at (866) 807-3998 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit the company’s Web site at http://www.aqualeisure.com/