Sportsstuff, Inc. Wego Kite Tube

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Sportsstuff is aware of recent incidents involving injuries to customers using the Wego Kite Tube and other kite tubes as well as the US Consumer Products Safety Commission Advisory Warning with regard to these products. Sportsstuff, Inc. is fully investigating these incidents in cooperation with the CPSC.

Sportsstuff, Inc. has been in the business of selling inflatable towable sporting goods for the past nineteen years and is committed to providing reasonably safe water sport products to its customers. The Wego Kite Tube was the winner of the 2006 Sporting Good Manufacturers Association Product of the Year Award and has been well-received in the water sports market.

Sportsstuff is aware of recent incidents involving injuries to customers using the Wego Kite Tube and other kite tubes as well as the US Consumer Products Safety Commission Advisory Warning with regard to these products. Sportsstuff, Inc. is fully investigating these incidents in cooperation with the CPSC.

It appears preliminarily that many, if not all, of the incidents brought to Sportsstuff’s attention involved serious abuse of the product in direct contravention of the warnings and instructions provided with the product.

Each Wego Kite Tube is accompanied by an instructional DVD, user's manual and extensive warning labels on the product. The warnings printed on the tube state that the tow boat should never exceed the speed of 20 miles per hour when towing adults or 15 miles per hour when towing children. Media reports concerning these recent incidents state that the boats were towing the kite tube at speeds exceeding 30 miles per hour, a speed far in excess of the maximum towing speed indicated on the Wego Kite Tube.

The Owners Manual specifically states that misuse or improper use of the Kite Tube could result in serious injury or death. Copies of the Wego Kite Tube Owners Manual are available online at Sportsstuff.com.

As with any water sport, kite tubing is not without some risk of physical injury. Sportsstuff, Inc. believes that the Wego Kite Tube is a reasonably safe product if used responsibly and in compliance with the instructions and warnings that accompany this product.

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Michael Beckelman
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