Aqua-Leisure Industries, a major supplier of kids swim and snow toys to big box retailers, has agreed to pay $650,000 to settle an 11-year dispute with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The penalty agreement has been accepted provisionally by a 4-0 vote of the Commission.
The CPSC accused the Avon, MA company of knowingly failing to report that a leg strap in the seat of baby boats it sold from August 2002 to July 2008 can tear, causing children to unexpectedly fall into or under the water, posing a risk of drowning. In 2001, Aqua-Leisure and the commission recalled 90,000 “SunSmart” inflatable baby boats after receiving 12 reports of the seats tearing and causing children to fall into the water. No injuries were reported.
In agreeing to the settlement, Aqua-Leisure denied commission staff allegations that its inflatable baby boats could create an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death, or contained a defect that could create a substantial product hazard, or that Aqua-Leisure violated the reporting requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Act, the commission said.