Primal Vantage Expands Recall of Plastic Tree Steps Due to Fall Hazard

Oct 27, 2010, 16:00 ET from U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

WASHINGTON, Oct. 27 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.  It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.



Name of product: Ameristep Plastic Strap-On Tree Step

Units: About 40,000

Manufacturer: Primal Vantage Co., Inc., of Randolph, N.J.

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

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

Description: 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.  

Sold at: 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.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the tree steps immediately.  They should contact Primal Vantage for details on how to obtain a full refund.  Consumers are asked not to return the product to retail stores as refunds can only be provided by Primal Vantage.

Consumer Contact: 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 to print a return form or for further information on how to locate the date code on your tree step.

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Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 972-6168

CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772

CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

SOURCE U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission