Hewitt Recalls Marine Winches Due to Injury Hazard

May 20, 2015, 11:00 ET from U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

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Recall Summary

Name of Product: Chain driven winches

Hazard: The top and bottom roller chains in the winch can break, causing the winch and marine lift to fail. This can pose an injury hazard to the user or bystander.

Remedy: Replace
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled winches and contact Hewitt
Machine & Manufacturing or their local dealer to arrange for a free replacement of the roller chains.

Consumer Contact: Hewitt Machine & Manufacturing Inc. at (800) 544-2067 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.hewitt-roll-a-dock.com and click on "2014 Lift Chains Recall" link at the bottom of the page for more information.

Recall Details

Units: About 1,700

Description: This recall includes Hewitt Machine & Manufacturing winches with model number 1501, 2001 and 2501 printed on the front label of the product. The winches can be used in various marine lifts. The products are silver, metal and measure 21 inches high by 12 inches wide by 8 inches deep. Recalled winches were manufactured December 2013 through September 2014 and have a date code in the MM YY format stamped on the front right side of the product.

Incidents/Injuries: There have been six incidents of the roller chains breaking in the recalled winch housing. No injuries have been reported.

Sold at: Independent boat and watersport dealers nationwide and internationally and online at buyhewitt.com from April 2014 through October 2014 for about $400.

Manufacturer: Hewitt Machine & Manufacturing Inc., of Nicollet, Minn.

Manufactured in: USA

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