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For Immediate Release                                                Firmís Recall Hotline: (866) 972-6168

October, 27 , 2010                                                       CPSC Recall Hotline: (800)638-2772

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Primal Vantage Expands Recalls Plastic Tree Steps Due to Fall  Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. Ė The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following products. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.


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.





The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from over about 15,000 of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. Deaths, injuries and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $800 billion annually. The CPSC is committed to protecting consumers and families from products that pose a fire, electrical, chemical, or mechanical hazard. CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.

Under federal law, it is illegal to attempt to sell or re-sell this or any other recalled product.

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105/155 Return Form