Tree-Climbing Steps Could Break

By WBNG News

Tree-Climbing Steps Could Break

November 2, 2010 Updated Nov 2, 2010 at 6:30 PM EDT

(WBNG Binghamton) Ameristep Plastic Strap-On Tree Steps are under recall because they could break when in use.

That could lead to hunters falling from a tree.

More than 60,000 of the steps were recalled over the last 10 months.

In January and May 2010 releases #10-101 with 16,000 products, and #10-236 with an additional recalled 1,800 recalled steps, bringing the total to 17,800, included date codes 12/08 and 10/08, December 2008 and October 2008 respectively.

All steps that include a "08" date code are being added to the recall adding 22,000 units.

Primal Vantage has received six complaints of step breakage, including two reports of consumers being bruised and cut.

Product is a plastic tree step that attaches to a tree via a nylon strap and a large metal buckle.

It is used to climb a tree in order to hunt from an elevated position.

Model numbers 105 and 155 both have a "08", which is stamped on the plastic portion of the step denoting the year of manufacture.

The plastic portion of the step can break, posing a fall hazard to the user.

The product was sold from April 2008 through November 2009 at various outdoor and sporting goods retailers nationwide as a 3-step package in model 105 or as a single step in model 155.

You should stop using the tree steps immediately and contact Primal Vantage for details on how to obtain a full refund.

Don't return them to retail stores as refunds can only be provided by Primal Vantage.

For additional information, contact Primal Vantage toll free at (866) 972-6168 between 9:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit their website at www.treestandcustomerservice.com to print a return form or for further information on how to locate the date code on your tree step.

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