Climbing tree stands are often used by hunters attempting to stay hidden from their prey while maintaining a visual advantage. The cable assembly is essential to keeping the stand in place for the hunters while they’re on the stand. However, two tree stands have recently been recalled by two separate manufacturers for defective cable assemblies that have resulted in injuries to unsuspecting hunters.
The first tree stand recall was initiated by Global Manufacturing Company and incorporates approximately 5,300 climbing tree stands. The second tree stands recall initiated by Big Game and incorporates more than 12,000 climbing tree stands. Both recalled tree stands have defective cable assemblies that may release during use, posing a fall hazard to the consumer.
Global Manufacturing’s tree stand recall features model year 2014 API Outdoors climbing tree stands, model GCL300-A (The Marksman), with batch numbers 9G-0114 and 9G-0614. The light green metal tree stand was sold with an accessory bag featuring the main stand platform, the nylon hanging strap assembly, as well as the nylon netted seat. Check below the tree stand seat for a small tag to identify the tree stand’s batch number.
Big Game’s tree stand recall features three model year 2014 climbing tree stand models: L050 (The Outlook) with batch number 9B-0414, CL100-A (The Cobalt) with batch numbers 9B-0214 and 9B-0514, and CL500-AP (The Fusion) with batch numbers 9B-0214 and 9B-0514. The black metal tree stand was sold with an accessory bag featuring the main stand platform and the nylon hanging strap assembly. While the Outlook has a nylon netted seat, the Cobalt and the Fusion have a camouflage-printed padded seat with a “Big Game” backrest. Check below the tree stand seat for a small tag to identify the tree stand’s batch number.
Before the tree stand recalls were announced, the companies received one report each of the cable assembly releasing during use. The hunter involved in the Global Manufacturing incident suffered a broken vertebrae, fractured rib and sprained shoulder as a result of the fall. The hunter involved in the Big Game incident reported injuries to the knee, wrist and hip.
The Global Manufacturing tree stands were sold from June 2014 through June 2015 at Bass Pro Shop, Cabela’s, Menards, Rogers Sporting Goods and Sportsman’s Guide nationwide and online for between $130 and $380. The Big Game tree stands were also sold from June 2014 through June 2015, but only at Menards and Rogers Sporting Goods stores nationwide and online for between $140 and $180. Both recalled tree stand brands were manufactured in China.
Anyone who is currently in possession of one or more of the recalled tree stands should stop using the products and return them to the store of purchase for free replacement cables.
For more information on the Global Manufacturing tree stand recall, contact Global Manufacturing Company at 888-393-9611 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.apioutdoors.com and click on Recall Notice.
For more information on the Big Game tree stand recall, contact Big Game at 800-268-5077 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. CT Monday through Friday or online at www.biggametreestands.com and click on Recall Notice.