Tristar Products Recalls Shower Rug Due to Fall Hazard

Tristar Products Recalls Shower Rug Due to Fall Hazard
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January 28, 2016

Defective suction cups are prompting a shower mat recall from Tristar Products.

The manufacturer's recall applies to its Aqua Rug, designed to be used while showering. The mats feature four suction cups on the underside of the rug, intended to ensure the stability. However, the suction cups can fail to prevent slipping, posing a fall hazard to the user.

Tristar has received 60 reports of consumers falling in the shower or bathtub while on the recalled four suction cup rugs, including 30 reports of injuries such as bruises, cuts, and fractured or broken bones.

About 1.4 million rugs are subject to recall.

The rugs were sold in beige and clear, and in two sizes: 29.5 inches by 17.25 inches for use in the bathtub, and 21.75 inches by 19.75 inches for use in a shower stall. The rugs have a plastic border and only four plastic suction cups, one affixed to the underside of each corner of the rug. AquaRug and As Seen On TV are printed on the front of the cardboard packaging.

The rugs were sold at Bed Bath & Beyond, Dollar General and other retail stores nationwide and online at Amazon.com and BuyAquaRug.com. Consumers could also purchase them through direct response television commercials, and through a live television show on QVC. The rugs were sold between July 2012 and September 2015 for between $18 and $28.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled shower rugs and contact Tristar for instructions on how to dispose of them and to obtain a free replacement.

Customers with questions about the recall can contact Tristar at (888) 770-7125.