By: Russell Maas | Published: March 8th, 2013
About 175,000 youth snorkeling masks are being recalled following reports of the eye pieces breaking under water, posing a potential laceration hazard.
A U.S. Divers Youth Snorkeling Mask recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on March 7, after at least 17 reports were received of the lens cracking while submerged, including 7 reports indicating the consumer suffered cuts and scratches to the face. The CPSC determined that the masks represent a laceration hazard.
The recall consists of about 44,000 Martinique LX Jr. Youth Snorkeling Mask Sets and about 130,000 Santa Cruz Jr. Youth Snorkeling Masks. Both models were marketed and sold under the U.S. Divers and Aqua Lung Sports Brand.
The Martinique LX Jr. masks were sold at Costco Wholesale stores nationwide from November 2010 through July 2011 for about $30. The mask sets contain fins, a snorkel, a tempered glass face mask with adjustable straps and buckles, and a silicone face skirt. The masks are blue with silver trim and have a U.S. Divers logo above the nose piece and on the tempered glass. “Wave” is printed on the outer edges of the buckles.
The recalled Santa Cruz Jr. masks were sold at Academy, Dick’s, The Sports Authority and other retailers nationwide, including online at Amazon.com and other online retailers, from March 2011 through July 2012 for about $10 individually and $30 for a set. The masks have a single-pane of tempered glass and were sold individually or as a set with a snorkel and fins. This model also contains the U.S. Divers logo on the bridge of the mask and inside on the tempered glass. Only the Santa Cruz Jr. Youth Masks manufactured before October 2011 are included in the recall.
Both recalled models were manufactured in Thailand by Aqua Lung Inc., of Vista, California and imported by Aqua Lung Inc. dba U.S. Divers, of Vista, California.
The CPSC advises consumers to stop using the recalled masks immediately and contact U.S. Divers at (888) 606-6162 for a free replacement mask or visit them online at www.usdivers.com and navigate to the “Recall Notice” for more information.
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