Spa Pool Entrapment Statistics
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission’s (“CPSC”) most recent report, the Commission is “aware of 33 victims of circulation entrapments.” The 33 incidents took place during 2009-2013. In its 2012 report, which accounted for the 1999-2011 period, the CPSC noted that suction entrapments were responsible for the injuries sustained by 106 victims, which included 12 fatalities. Furthermore, just in 2005, the CPSC released that it has reports of more than 700 deaths in spas and hot tubs dating back to 1980. Perhaps the most alarming fact is that these statistics only represent the victims which the CPSC is aware of and incidents that occurred in the United States. Thus, the CPSC’s reports do not account for the lives that have been lost abroad as a result of these defective devices. In addition to the CPSC’s shocking statistics and this tragic case, our firm has independently researched the history of suction entrapment cases—compiling data that spans as far back as 1973. In order to protect the identities of some of the victims involved, we’ve redacted any identifying information.