In The News: January 27, 2011

SVRS Recalled By Vacless Systems

photo of recalled Safety Vacuum Release SystemThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with Vacless Systems of Sylmar, Calif., has announced a voluntary recall of some of the company's Safety Vacuum Release Systems (SVRS).

The recalled product has model number SVRS10ADJ and only involves the following serial numbers found on the weather-proof label attached to the top of every unit:

061040994 through 061041353
071040437 through 071040536
071040570 through 071040574
071040627 through 071041125
081040001 through 081040667

Distributors and dealers are directly notifying consumers of the recall and the Vacless SVRS repair program. Pool owners/operators who have not been directly notified should immediately contact Vacless Systems for remedy options.

The SVRS is designed to release the vacuum in a drain line whenever a submerged drain cover of a swimming pool or spa is completely covered. The cause of the recall, according to the CPSC, was the discovery of improper plastic material inside the SVRSs, which has been attributed to SVRS failures, and which creates an entrapment hazard to swimmers and bathers.

There are about 1,600 units in circulation, and Vacless Systems has received no reports of incidents or injuries.

Consumer contact: For additional information, contact Vacless Systems Inc. directly at (818) 899-1755 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, e-mail the firm at [email protected] or visit the firm's Website at

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