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.