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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 18, 2006
Release #06-167
Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 374-7837
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Hunting Tree Stands Recalled for Collapse Hazard

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

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.

Incidents/Injuries: Primal Vantage Company Inc. has received three reports of j-hook failures. No injuries have been reported.

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.

Ameristep Patriot Model 7300
Ameristep Patriot Model 7300
Outfitter Model 7310
Ameristep Patriot Model 7300

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.

Manufactured In: China

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 www.ameristep.com or www.treestandcustomerservice.com for assistance.

Firm's Media Contact: Jeremy Lees at (800) 722-7345, ext. 114; Michael Loiacono at (800) 722-7345, ext. 141

To view this recall online, please visit our website at:
http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml06/06167.html


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