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Safety Recall: Sea-Doo Warns Cooler Lid Could Trap A Child Inside

The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is announcing the recall of 2,500 Sea-Doo LinQ 13.5-gallon or 51-liter Sea-Doo (2019 model year) marine coolers because the latch can involuntarily lock and trap someone inside.

The Problem

This is the second cooler recall in a little over two months. In May, Igloo recalled 60,000 marine coolers after learning a 5-year-old boy was trapped in one while playing hide-and-seek. Fortunately, he was rescued in time and was unharmed. To date, there have been no incidents reported with the Sea-Doo coolers, according CPSC.

Marine coolers are built to withstand harsh boating conditions like rough seas, direct sunlight, and corrosive salt water. Their main purpose is to hold fresh fish. They are well-insulated with heavy lids designed to remain shut when a boat hits rocky waters.

U.S. safety regulations require refrigerators have the ability to be opened from the inside, however, coolers are not. Sea-Doo is replacing the latch on recalled coolers with one that allows cooler to be opened from inside.

The Fix

The affected coolers are white with a black storage pocket and the recalled part number is 269800817. Consumers are urged to put the coolers out of reach of children and contact Sea-Doo dealer for a free repair kit. Sea-Doo is contacting consumers who’ve registered their coolers. If you know of anyone who hasn’t registered theirs or if you have not, call 888-272-9222 for more information. You can also go to Sea-Doo’s website.

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