Inflator Pumps Recalled By Stearns Inc. Due to Laceration Hazard

Product recall issued by Stearns in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission for West Marine Inflator Pumps due to laceration hazard.

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

March 28, 2007
Release #07-140

Firm's Hotline: (800) 262-8464
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Inflator Pumps Recalled By Stearns Inc. Due to Laceration Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the manufacturers named below, today announced voluntary recalls of the following consumer products. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of product: West Marine Inflator Pumps

Units: About 1,400

Importer: Stearns Inc., of St. Cloud, Minn. (Note: The original importer Sevylor Inc., was recently acquired by Stearns Inc.)

Hazard: The inflator pumps can explode during use, ejecting sharp plastic parts and posing a serious laceration hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: Stearns has received three reports of pumps exploding. One consumer reported lacerations and two fractured ribs. Two other consumers received minor lacerations to the face and chest.

Description: The recalled inflator pump has a blue body with a black handle, hose, and pressure gage. The pump is 5-inches (12.7 cm) high and weighs about 3 pounds. West Marine is printed on a white sticker on the top of the pump housing. A second label contains a "caution" statement along with Ho Lee Co., Ltd. and UL listing information. The manufacturer's model number HB-183BG and the date code 1203 are also on the label.

Sold at: West Marine and BoatU.S. stores and through direct sales nationwide from August 2003 through January 2007 for about $60.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers are asked to return their inflator pump to nearest West Marine or BoatU.S. store for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For more information consumers can contact West Marine or BoatU.S. at (800) 262-8464 anytime or visit the firm's Web site at

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