October 30, 2002
API Outdoors Announces Recall of Hunting Treestands


API Outdoors of Tallulah, La., a division of Outland Sports Inc., of Overland Park, Kan., is voluntarily recalling about 9,000 tree stands used by hunters. A cable that secures the tree stand to the tree can break, posing the risk of falls and serious injuries to hunters. API Outdoors has received two reports of the tree standís cable breaking, including one person who fell from a tree and suffered leg abrasions.

The recalled tree stands have the following brand names and model numbers: API Hi-Point Cable Cat Climbing Treestand, Model #CC501 and API Buckmaster Grand Slam Climbing Treestand, Model #GS3800BM. The tree stands have an olive green frame, camo seats and seatbacks with black nylon cinch straps, and a yellow "WARNING" or "DANGER" label that reads in part, "Safety Restraint Must Be Used At All Times." The tree stands are manufactured in Tallulah, La. Retailers and distributors nationwide, including Wal-Mart, sold the Cable Cat tree stands through mid-October 2002 for about $180 and Cabelas stores nationwide sold the Buckmaster tree stands through mid- October 2002 for about $230.

Consumers should stop using these tree stands immediately and call API Outdoors toll-free at (866) 215-2419 anytime to receive a free, replacement chain. For more information, consumers can log on to the company's website at http://www.apioutdoors.com/api_outdoors/recall/index.tpl or http://www.outlandsports.com/api_outdoors/recall/index.tpl.