Recall: Waterway Plastics Recalls Certain Drain Covers Due to Incorrect Ratings

May 26, 2011
Release #11-231
Firm's Recall Hotline: (866) 719-6044
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Waterway Plastics Recalls Certain Drain Covers Due to Incorrect Ratings
Covers Pose Possible Entrapment Hazard to Swimmers

WASHINGTON, D.C. - 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: Pool drain covers

Units: About 50,850

Manufacturer: Waterway Plastics, of Oxnard, Calif.

Hazard: The recalled drain covers were incorrectly rated to handle the flow of water through the cover, which could pose a possible entrapment hazard to swimmers and bathers.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Description: This recall involves the pool and spa drain covers models listed below. The covers vary in size and shape, but bear model number and manufacturer name molded on the drain cover:

Model 640-81XX V, 8" Ultra Round
Model 640-311X, 10" Round
Model 640-470X V, 9" x 9" Grate and Frame
Model 640-475X V, 18" x 18" Grate and Frame

Picture of recalled drain covers

Sold through: Independent distributors sell the products nationwide directly to professional builders/installers. The products are not sold directly to consumers.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers who believe they have one of these drain covers in their pool or spa should contact the manufacturer to determine whether a replacement or retrofit is required. Except for kiddie pools, wading pools and in-ground spas, retrofit or replacement of installed covers are not required in pools with multiple drain systems or gravity drainage systems or for covers installed before December 19, 2008.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact the Waterway Plastics toll-free at (866) 719-6044 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the manufacturer's web site at