Kite Tube Accidents - Serious Injury & Death Lawsuit
CPSC Warns Consumers about dangers of tube kiting or kite tubing. Kite tubes claim two deaths over the past 3 Months. Tube kiting death have been attributed to this new water sport. The largest manufacturer of kite tubes is SportStuff. The Wego Kite Tube has become a popular brand in tube kiting as has the Manta Ray Tube Kite. The CPSC has not issued a tube kite recall to date. No Kite Tubelawsuits to date have been file due to these dangerous / unsafe kite tubes, due to any injury/injuries or deaths from the use of any kite tubes Manta Ray or the Wego tube kite from Sports Stuff. No Wego or Manta Ray tube kite recall has been discussed or announced by the CPSC.
CPSC Tube Kite Warning
NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs
Washington, DC 20207
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 30, 2006
CPSC Warns Consumers about Dangers of Tube Kiting Two Deaths over the Past 3 Months Attributed to New Water Sport
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In advance of the July 4th holiday weekend, the U.S.Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is warning consumers about the possible dangers associated with a new type of water recreation known as "tube kiting." or “kite tubing”
CPSC is concerned about death and injury reports associated with tube kiting. It is currently investigating two versions of these products to determine if there is a significant product hazard.
Tube Kiting Deaths
Tube kiting is a relatively new form of extreme water sport which is fast growing in popularity, but also extremely dangerous. CPSC is aware of at least two deaths associated with tube kiting this year. Tube kite deaths include,a 33-year-old Texas man was killed in late April 2006 while tube kiting, and a 42-year-old man died from injuries associated with tube kiting on June 26, 2006 in Wisconsin. CPSC is also aware of 12 serious injuries associated with tube kiting.The injuries include a broken (C2 / C3) neck, punctured lung, broken ribs, broken femur, chest and back injuries, and facial injuries, such as jaw fractures. A 14-year-old girl who was tube kiting lost consciousness when the Kite Tube fell about 15 feet and struck the water.
Tube Kite Accidents
Tube kites are very large, sometimes round, inflatable water devices that can be more than 10 feet in diameter. The kite tube is hooked to the back of a boat by a tow rope, and the tube rider pulls back on a rope as the boat travels at speeds between 25 and 35 miles per hour. The ride begins when the tube is lifted into the air trailing the boat. Possible reasons for incidents and injuries include: 1) rider's difficulty in controlling the tube, 2) boat operator inexperience, and 3) how the tube reacts in certain weather conditions. The conditions of highest concern are wind gusts that can cause the kite tube to spin out of control, or sudden slowing or stopping by the boat operator, which can cause the tube to nose dive into the water. In some cases of tube kitting, the sudden stopping of the boat might cause the tube rider to continue past the boat and hit it or hit other boats or stationary objects, such as a bridge.
The National Park Service has banned the kite tubes, and other inflatable devices in at least one of its parks, Glen Canyon National Recreation Area, which includes Lake Powell where there have been at least four serious injuries.
No Tube Kite Recall - CPSC
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has issued NO tube kite recall.
Report a Kite Tube Accident
To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270, or visit CPSC's web site at www.cpsc.gov/talk.html. To join a CPSC email subscription list, please go to www.cpsc.gov/cpsclist.asp. Consumers can obtain this release and recall information at CPSC's Web site at www.cpsc.gov.
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