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Consumers (07-08-2006)

Commission warns of risk to consumers of dangerous Kite Tube

The European Commission’s Directorate-General for Health and Consumer Protection (DG SANCO) has issued an alert to consumer authorities across the EU, following the recall of the water sport product “Wego Kite Tube”.
 
The Commission’s alert to Member States warns authorities of the dangers of the product and requests them to launch market surveillance activities to ensure that the product in question cannot be found for sale in the EU.
 
The Wego Kite tube is a 3-metre wide circular, yellow inflatable watercraft designed to be towed behind a power boat. A rider in the tube becomes airborne by pulling on handles attached to the floor of the tube.
 
In July 2006, the European Commission received information from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) about the tube.
 
In the US, two fatal accidents involving the product have been reported. In addition, the CPSC is aware of 39 injury incidents (29 of these required medical treatment) involving the use of the tube. Injuries include a broken neck, punctured lung, chest and back injuries.
Although the exact causes of these incidents are still to be determined, the Wego Kite Tube is being voluntarily withdrawn from the US market by the company Sportstuff.
 
Several Member States have already informed the Commission that they have taken measures as the product has been found on their markets.
 
Further information:
 
Images of the Wego Kite Tube and information on the US recall can be found on the manufacturer’s website:http://www.sportsstuff.com/news/07-13-06/index.shtml  
 
Rapex: Rapid alert system for non-food products:
http://ec.europa.eu/consumers/dyna/rapex/rapex_en.cfm