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Slipping and Falling Seniors Prompt Recall of 1.4 Million Aqua Rugs

by Ben Popken /
A screenshot of a website where Aqua Rugs could be purchased.Tristar Products Inc

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1.4 million slip-resistant shower rugs are being recalled for not being so slip-resistant.

Tristar Products is recalling its four-suction-cup "Aqua Rugs" after receiving 60 reports of consumers falling in the shower or bath. In 30 of those cases, users reported bruises, cuts, and even fractured or broken bones.

The shower mat sold through infomercials, dollar stores, QVC and online is made from rubbery fibers arranged in a loofah-like lattice that allows water to pass through.

Its direct response ads claimed that, "until now this product has only been available on million-dollar yachts because of the quality."

The rugs were sold from July 2012 to September 2015 for between $18 and $28. In one ad buyers were told they could get a second Aqua Rug for free if they just paid separate shipping and handling.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission advised consumers to stop using the Aqua Rug immediately.

To obtain a free replacement Aqua Rug with more than four suction cups, the recall website advises consumers to cut the rug into four pieces with a suction cup on each piece, take a picture and throw out the pieces. Then they need to send in the picture of their cut-up rug along with their replacement request.

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