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Crane Plumbing Recalls Whirlpool Tubs Due To Entrapment, Drowning Hazards

June 24, 2009
The Consumer Product Safety Commission and Crane Plumbing announced a voluntary recall of about 5,500 Crane whirlpool bathtubs - the drain covers in the tubs can entangle a bather’s hair in the openings, causing the bather’s head to be held under water, which can result in drowning.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Crane Plumbing LLC of Dallas, announced a voluntary recall of about 5,500 Crane whirlpool bathtubs - the drain covers in the tubs can entangle a bather’s hair in the openings, causing the bather’s head to be held under water, which can result in drowning.

The bathtubs are acrylic with 6-12 jets. The Crane logo is printed on the whirlpool and/or noted on the air control valve. They were sold at home improvement, retail and wholesale stores nationwide from March 2007 through February 2009 for between $700 and $2,700.

No injuries have been reported, but consumers should immediately stop using the recalled tubs. Consumers can contact Crane for additional identification information on affected tubs. Those who have the recalled tub have two options:

  • Contact Crane directly to arrange for a service agent to perform a free, in-person replacement in their home or facility; or

  • Consumers can choose to replace the part themselves and Crane will provide them with a free repair kit and directions.


For additional information, contact Crane Plumbing toll-free at 866/876-3632 between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or visit the firm’s Web site at www.craneplumbing.com.

To view a photo of the product, click here.

The CPSC is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product. You can report any hazards by visiting https://www.cpsc.gov/cgibin/incident.aspx.