TheStar.com – Kite tubes pulled from market

Here is the latest article from the Canadian Press about the kite tube and the recall. TheStar.com – Kite tubes pulled from market

There are some important things to note for Canadian kite tube owners.
1) SportsStuff has confirmed that the recall affects Canada and 2) Transport Canada is investigating the kite tube.

A spokesman for Sportsstuff confirmed the recall includes Canada.

A spokeswoman for Transport Canada’s Marine Safety division said the tubes just came on the regulatory body’s radar last week.

“It’s a safety concern for us,” said Kristen Goodnough.

“But given that it’s just recently come to our attention, we’re reviewing the activity to see if our regulations apply.”

Goodnough said Transport Canada is expecting a decision sometime next week.

Even this blog gets some play (even if it’s not by name :) )

The founder of a Canadian weblog about kites said he takes issue with the suggestion that users can control the kite tubes.

“From a kite flier’s standpoint, someone who actually builds kites and understands the multitudes of variables that go on there, it’s not going to happen,” said Bill Wilson, 32, a Halifax software development manager.

He found the discussion forums on his website inundated with comments about kite tubing after he made a post in February.

“The majority of people perceive a level of safety that’s not there. Whether you can control it a little bit or not the problem is, all it takes is a wind gust, and you’re (seven to nine metres) in the air,” Wilson said.

Cheers,
Bill

  1 comment for “TheStar.com – Kite tubes pulled from market

  1. greg henry
    20 July, 2006 at 8:56 pm

    THIS PICTURE IS SUCH A FAKE !!!!! I OWN A KITE AND I CAN TELL YOU THE RIDER IS STILL ON THE TUBE IN THE PICTURE. THE ARC IN THE TUBE SHOWS THAT! YOU WILL NEVER SEE THE RIDER HIGHER THAN THE TUBE , I WIPED OVER 25 FEET THE TUBES ARE NOT STABLE OVER ABOUT 15 FEET ILL AGREE BUT WITH PRACTICE AND CARE YOU CAN FLY AND ENJOY !!!!! BIG FAKE !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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