Some 32,500 hammock stands are being recalled due to a possible fall hazard. The affected units were sold “exclusively” at Lowe’s stores.
The recall affects The Hammock Source’s “Key West Knock Down Hammock Stands,” according to the announcement on the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) website. The problem with the item is that the “weld” that attaches the stand to the base may actually break, thereby posing fall hazard.
As of the recall date, there have been nine incidents wherein the stands broke at the base and two reports of “scrapes and bruises.” As such, those who have the affected products are being advised to stop using them immediately.
The hammock stands were sold under the brand name Key West at Lowe’s stores nationwide and online from October 2020 to May 2022, according to the CPSC. They consisted of eight steel tubing parts that are powder coated in bronze and may be identified by the model code KW-KDBRZ.
“The Hammock Source, the model code and ‘Steel Hammock Stand’ are printed on a white label on the outer package near the carry handle,” the company noted. “The hammock stands were sold only as stands without hammocks.”
The Hammock Source is already contacting those known to have purchased the affected units. Consumers who have them may also contact the company at 888-744-4366 or via email at Standrecall@keywest-hammocks.com to find out how to get a refund. They may also use this form to take part in the recall.
Hammocks can be particularly relaxing to lounge on, especially in the summer, but there are a few tips that people need to keep in mind to enjoy them safely. These include inspecting the unit for any damages before hanging it and making sure that the tree or structure that you are planning to hang the hammock on is sturdy. It’s best to test it for stability first before attaching the hammock, keeping in mind that even trees may not be as sturdy as they appear.
It’s also important to hang the hammock no higher than 2 feet from the ground and never over potentially hazardous terrain or objects that may cause injury. Keep in mind that it’s not safe to place infants on a hammock as this may pose suffocation risks to them. Moreover, anyone should not jump, bounce or step into a hammock.
It is also necessary to read the manufacturer’s instructions completely and follow weight limit guidelines to ensure safety while using a hammock.