May 18, 2006

Hunting Tree Stands Recalled for Collapse Hazard

Name of Product: Ameristep Patriot and Outfitter Hang-on Tree Stands

Units: About 6,700

Manufacturer: Primal Vantage Company Inc., of Randolph, N.J.

Distributor: Ameristep Inc., of Clio, Mich.

Hazard: The j-hook attachment of the tree strap can fail, which can cause the tree stand to collapse. Consumers using these stands could fall and suffer serious injuries or death.

Description: The recall involves two models of tree stands: the Ameristep Patriot Hang-On Tree Stand has model number 7300, and the Outfitter Hang-On Tree Stand has model number 7310. These products are fixed-position, strap-on tree stands. The UPC number of the model 7300 is 769524703001. The UPC number of model 7310 is 769524703100. The model number and UPC are not written on the tree stands, but can be found on the packaging.

Sold at: Hunting and outdoor stores nationwide and by Web retailers and in catalogs from April 2004 through December 2005 for between $130 and $150.

Remedy: Please contact Ameristep Customer Service Department to receive a free repair kit consisting of a bracket system and double hook tree strap along with instructions for installation.

Consumer Contact: Ameristep Customer Service Department at (800)374-7837 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, or visit http://www.ameristep.com/company/index.html or http://www.treestandcustomerservice.com/recall_information.htm for assistance.