Tree stands recalled because of potential fall hazard

With the Mississippi woods full of hunters and the proliferation of affordable portable tree stands, the chances of injuries or death from falls has increased in recent years. Back in December, the Clarion-Ledger’s Brian Broom reported that seven of 12 hunting-related injuries reported since the start of the fall hunting season involved falls from tree stands. While most – if not all – of those were said to involve improper use of safety harnesses, there is also the possibility of injuries from defective products.

On Thursday, a New Jersey-based company announced a recall of two models of hunter tree stands because of six reports of the cast-aluminum platform breaking. Although no injuries have been reported, PrimalVantage Company has recalled its Hyde brand Ameristep Cliff Hanger and Sky Walker tree stands, which were made in China and sold at Bass Pro Shops nationwide from July through November, 2014 for $220 to $250.

The recalled models include the Ameristep Hyde Cliff Hanger has model number 2RX1H008C and date code JH-2014-3-6 and the Ameristep Hyde Sky Walker with model number 2RX1H009C and date code JH-2014-3-6. The date code is stamped on the back of the tree stand’s aluminum seat frame. The model number is printed on the packaging and in the instruction manual. “Hyde” is printed in red on the vertical aluminum bar between the seat and the foot platform.

If you have purchased one of these, you can return it for a refund. Call Primal Vantage toll-free at (866) 972-6168 between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday, or visit www.primalvantage.com and click on “For Hyde Recall Click Here” on the homepage or go to the Customer Service tab. In any case, don’t use the product, or try to sell it. (Selling a recalled product is illegal.)

Regardless of what type of stand you use, safety experts urge you to always check out the equipment thoroughly and make sure you know how to use it properly before you head out into the field. The Treestand Manufacturers Association has produced a good list of safety tips for safe use of tree stands at http://www.tmastands.com, under the Safety tab.

Originally published in the Clarion-Ledger on 1/28/2015.

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Treestands recalled; hunter safety emphasized

Fall is in the air. Football, burning leaves and crisp mornings conjure up pleasant memories for me. It won’t be long before those peaceful mornings are punctuated by the sounds of gunfire and the thwack of arrows as the woods fill with eager hunters aiming for that elusive deer.

But before you go, safety experts caution you that you could be putting your life on the line if you climb into a tree stand. Earlier today, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a voluntary recall of treestands sold by Summit Treestands of Decatur, Ala. because the strap used to secure the stand to the tree trunk can fail or become detached. No deaths or injuries have been reported.

The CPSC reports that about 2,900 of the stands, sold under the name Crush Series, are being recalled. The Chinese-made stands were sold primarily at Bass Pro Shops and Cabela’s. The recalled hunters’ tree stands have the following names and item numbers: Crush Series Perch, number 82069; Crush Series Stoop, number 82070; and Crush Series Ledge number 82071. The tree stands include the main stand platform and seat with a green cinch strap and a tan tree stand hanging strap assembly, which consists of one nylon strap with a hook and an adjustment portion with a metal buckle and a matching nylon tab and a hook. This hanging strap assembly has the recalled item numbers printed on the safety label attached near the buckle.

To get a replacement strap assembly, contact Summit Treestands, LLC, toll free at (855) 375-9808, anytime or website http://www.summitstands.com click on the Recall icon for more information.

Incidentally, it’s also a good time to remind hunters that the main cause of hunting injuries and deaths is not shootings; it is falling from deer stands. The Mississippi Department of Wildlife, Fisheries & Parks has posted some great safety tips here. Please come back alive.

(Originally published by the Clarion-Ledger on 10/23/12).