Since the 1970’s, Confer Plastics has been the industry leader in pool and spa entry systems (ladders and steps). Confer Plastics’ mission is to provide customers with high quality, safe and durable products at the best prices.
In July 2018, and for the first time ever, Confer Plastics was advised that a child stuck his arm into a side opening on one of Confer Plastic’s Curve in-pool step systems and the arm became temporarily wedged. The child was able to remove his arm but did suffer some scratches. The side openings are present to assist in water circulation in the pool and are used by virtually every manufacturer of plastic in-pool step systems.
Confer Plastics immediately investigated the event and determined that the side openings present a potential hazard. To address the potential hazard, Confer Plastics reported the incident to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). Confer Plastics then worked with the CPSC to notify consumers and to design a repair kit that completely removes the potential hazard. Because of Confer Plastic’s rapid and effective response, the CPSC accepted Confer Plastics into its Fast Track Recall Program.
But Confer Plastics did not stop there. As an industry leader in safety, Confer Plastics has also redesigned its Curve in-pool step systems and removed the side openings. Because most other plastic in-pool step systems available to consumers have similar side openings, Confer Plastics is also working with pool and spa industry associations to raise awareness of the potential hazard that the side openings present. Confer Plastics hopes that the other manufacturers in the pool and spa industry will follow its lead and make similar adjustments to their products.
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission – Fast Track Recall with Health Canada
Release Date: August 21, 2018
Release Number: RP180519
Confer Plastics Recalls Pool Step Systems Due to Entrapment and Drowning Hazard
Name of Product: Curve in-pool step systems
Hazard: Children’s limbs can become entrapped in the side openings of the step systems, posing a drowning hazard.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled pool step systems and contact Confer Plastics for a free repair kit. The repair kit will include additional panels to prevent entrapment and installation instructions.
Consumer Contact: Confer Plastics at 800-635-3213 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at www.conferplastics.com and click on “Curve Recall” for more information.
Units: About 100,000 (In addition, 2,100 were sold in Canada.)
Description: This recall involves three models of in-pool step systems with curved steps for in-ground and aboveground pools. The steps and handrails are made of gray and beige plastic. The manufacturing/date code is located on the sidewalls of each step.
Model, Product Description, Manufacturing/Date Code Range
#CCX-AG – Confer Curve base (staircase) 4-step for aboveground pool
#CCX-IG – Confer Curve base (staircase) 3-step for in-ground pool
#CCX-ADD – Curve add-on unit for either in-ground or aboveground stairs
Incidents/Injuries: Confer Plastics has received two reports of children’s arms becoming entrapped in the side panel openings of the step systems, including reports of minor abrasions. No drownings have been reported.
Sold at: Champion Pool Distributors, Cinderella, EMSCO Distributors, Leisure Living, Leslie’s, Superior Pool Products, Water Warehouse stores and other stores nationwide and online at www.conferplastics.com from January 2013 through July 2018 for between $200 and $400.
Manufacturer: Confer Plastics, of North Tonawanda, N.Y.
Manufactured in: U.S.
In Conjunction With: Canada
Health Canada’s link is available at:
Photos (click on the model to view image)
Photo 1: Recalled Confer Plastics pool step system (model
Photo 2: Recalled Confer Plastics pool step system (model #CCX-ADD)
Photo 4: The two numbers in the middle next to the arrow represent the year of the manufacturing/date code. (Years 2013-2018 are recalled.)
This recall was conducted voluntarily by the company under CPSC’s Fast Track Recall process. Fast Track recalls are initiated by firms who commit to work with CPSC to quickly announce the recall and remedy to protect consumers.
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