BUFFALO, N.Y. – Hunters across the nation are spending their fall weekends in the woods but many of them may be at risk for serious falls that can result in injuries and even death because a popular tree stand has been found to be defective.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced the recall of several tree stand models made by Big Game and the Global Manufacturing Company. The CPSC said the stands use a cable assembly that can unexpectedly release – causing the stand (and whoever is on it) to fall.
Buffalo defective product attorneys at Cellino & Barnes said if a hunter is injured because the tree stand didn’t work properly, the manufacturer could be held liable for any injuries.
“Some of these tree stands can be placed 20 to 30 feet above the ground and a fall from that distance could be deadly,” Buffalo defective product attorney Steve Barnes said. “Hunters spent anywhere from $140 to $180 for each stand and they should expect a certain level of safety from that product.”
The CPSC said there have been reports of the cable assembly suddenly releasing and it has resulted in injuries to the user’s knee, hip and wrist. Another report of failure resulted in several fractures, a sprained shoulder and a broken vertebra.
Hunters are now being warned not to use these recalled stands until they receive free replacement cables from the manufacturer.
The recall affects about 12,200 Big Game climbing tree stands including these 2014 models:
CL050 – The Outlook with batch number 9B-0414
CL100-A – The Cobalt with batch numbers 9B-0214 and 9B-0514
CL500-AP – The Fusion with batch numbers 9B-0214 and 9B-0514
About 5,300 API Outdoors 2014 climbing tree stands were recalled with these batch numbers:
GCL300-A – The Marksman with batch numbers 9G-0114 and 9G-0614
Hunters who have been injured due to any malfunctioning tree stand should call a defective product attorney at Cellino & Barnes today for a free case evaluation.
Owners may also request free replacement cables by contacting the manufacturer.