Safety News Item – 04/15/05 – ALERT – VOLUNTARY RECALL OF 500,000 TREE STANDS

In April 2005 Manufacturer Hunter’s View, in cooperation with the Consumer Product Safety Commission, has announced the voluntary recall of 500,000 tree stands.
The stands are being recalled due to possible harness failure.
For more information go to tree stand recall.

Update re: Tree Stand Deaths – May, 2007

Hunters’ fall deaths continue due to positional asphyxia as a result of underarm suspension after their climbing tree stand falls to the ground. However, a petition CP 02-3, to ban the use of safety belts with climbing tree stands along with the request for the adoption of tree stand regulations was denied by the Consumer Products Safety Commission by a vote of 2-1 in 2004.
The CPSC did acknowledge the danger of asphyxision when a hunter using a safety belt falls, but determined that the problem effectively would be eliminated by the recent TMA/ASTM requirement for the switch to full-body harnesses for tree stands.
To see the complete CPSC decision go to CPSC CP 02-3 Decision.

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