Eventually, the cold weather that has kept most people across the country bundled up will make way for higher temperatures and those people can return to the cool waters of their swimming pools and especially beaches. Of course that also means it will be time to break out the water toys and swimming accessories, such as the Martinique LX Jr. Youth Snorkeling Mask Set or the Santa Cruz Jr. Youth Snorkeling Masks, which allow young swimmers to get an eyeful of what lies beneath the surface of the sea, in shallow waters of course. However, before any parents send their kids off to the water with that specific mask set, they should probably check with the manufacturer first.
The company U.S. Divers has announced the voluntary recall of approximately 44,000 of the Martinique LX Jr. Youth Snorkeling Mask Sets after at least eight reports of consumers experiencing cracked or broken masks while using the masks. Additionally, four of those reports involved young swimmers experiencing lacerations and scratches as a result of the tempered glass breaking.
Manufactured and sold between November 2010 and July 2011, the mask sets cost approximately $30 and could be purchased at the major retail chain Costco. This particular product is identified by blue and silver accents with the U.S. Divers wave logo on the side buckles.
Additionally, U.S. Divers is recalling approximately 130,000 of the Santa Cruz Jr. Youth Snorkeling Masks for the same reason, as at least nine reports have been received by the manufacturer and CPSC regarding the tempered lenses breaking during use. Three reports of minor cuts and scratches have been associated with the Santa Cruz masks, which were manufactured and sold between March 2011 and July 2012 for between $10 and $30. These sets were available at major national sporting goods retailers, including Dick’s and The Sports Authority, as well as online through Amazon.
For either product, U.S. Divers and CPSC are urging consumers to stop using the masks immediately in order to avoid any further unnecessary injuries. For additional information and to receive a replacement product, consumers should contact U.S. Divers at (888) 606-6162.