Public Notice - Gorilla and Spelcast by Snug Seat Inc. - Restraint Systems for Disabled Persons

TP 2436
Road Safety Leaflet # D-2003-02 (E)



Manufacturer:
Snug Seat Inc.
12801 E. Independence Blvd.
Stallings NC 28105
U.S.A.

Importer & Distributor:
SOS Rehabillitation Products Inc.
3359 Griffith Street
St-Laurent, QC
H4T 1W5

Consumer Contact:
Call Centre: 1-800-667-3422

Media Contact:
Mitchell Yaffy: (514) 737-3422

Model Name and Model Number Affected:

Brand Name Model No. Serial No.
Gorilla 200-1000
200-1003
802-6795
802-6793
802-6788
802-6794
1002-6888
1002-6912
1002-6786
1002-6913
1002-6911
802-6783
1002-6972
1002-6916
1002-6925
1002-6928
1202-7221
1202- 7209
1202-7210
802-6797
Spelcast 600-1000 SC1002-6532
SC1002-6555
SC1202-6674
SC103-6741

Dates of Manufacture:
July 26, 2002 - January 15, 2003

Number of Units:
18 (Gorilla)
4 (Spelcast)

Problem:
The washer in the tether anchorage kit does not comply with the required salt spray tests specified in the applicable Canadian Motor Vehicle Safety Standard (CMVSS) 213.5. The washer could potentially rust and weaken the part resulting in a failure during a collision.

Geographic Distribution:
Across Canada

Safety Risk:
This technical non-compliance is deemed to have a minimum safety risk as the tether anchorage is not normally located in an area exposed to moisture and salt.

Background & Company Action:
During routine compliance inspection, the company identified the problem and immediately initiated an investigation to confirm their findings. A safety campaign was initiated to replace the defective washer. It is understood that all the owners can be identified and contacted because the units have a unique identification number which can be cross-referenced to individual customers within the disabled community.

Consumer Recourse:
The affected restraints are not to be returned to the retailers. The distributor and/or the retailer will be contacting all consumers and sending them a replacement washer.

Gorilla
Gorilla restraint system for disabled persons by Snug seat Inc.
Spelcast
Spelcast restraint system for disabled persons by Snug seat Inc.

Transport Canada: 1-800-333-0371

Release Date: March 19, 2003

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