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HAYWARD IN POOL PUMP FILTER CANISTER: STAR CLEAR PROBABLY

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HAYWARD IN POOL PUMP FILTER CANISTER: 
STAR CLEAR PROBABLY

Dear Madam and/or Sir
I wanted to report injuries I sustained from the lid of an exploding filter canister for our in-ground pool. My hope is that you will increase safety requirements on pool filter canisters.
On Saturday, August 27, 2022 I was cleaning the filter for our pool pump. The Hayward Filter Canister exploded after I turned the water pressure back on and it hit me in the face and knocked me to the ground. The victim of course can be blamed as I am a 78 year-old woman, the canister is probably at least 10 years old and no professional taught me how to do this. –But, I had been doing it successfully for at least 10 years. This should not have happened.
After reading some articles on-line and talking with others I thought I should let you know the damage done to me as you may want to address this issue in a way to protect others in the future. The impact of the lid hitting my face and knocking me to the ground scared me, so I yelled for my husband who luckily was home. He got me a towel to rest my head on and soak up some of the blood—and he called 911. The EMTs on the ambulance, of course, took my vitals and started asking all kinds of questions. Eventually, I was helped to sit up and transferred to a stretcher to take me to the ER. In the ER I had a CT Scan, stiches above my eye and stiches below my eye on the cheek bone. The area above my lip and part of my lip was cut all the way through so it was stitched outside and then inside my mouth. I was given a referral for a plastic surgeon to address my broken nose. My skull was in-tact. I did have one upper front tooth knocked out and two others chipped and dislocated which will need to be extracted. In addition, three bottom teeth were chipped. A few days later I saw the Plastic Surgeon who set my nose with stents up my nostrils and a white plastic “caste” across my nose. My dentist sent me to an Oral Surgeon who will remove two teeth in addition to the one that was knocked out once the caste and stents have been removed from my nose.
Issues with the Hayward Pool Pump Filter:
1. The lid is only held in place by one stainless steel rod onto which the lid is screwed. As an article called [REDACTED] by [REDACTED] and [REDACTED], March 2017, discusses, there is an explosion risk in the filter tank when the filter is pressurized. This was also pointed out in 1974 by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission in an article which mentioned “problems of exploding filter tanks.” The risk is, of course, exacerbated when there is only one screw holding the lid in place.
2. The giant screw was made out of Stainless Steel and the “lug nut” or nut secured to the lid was made out of brass. We believe this utilization of two different kinds of metals is not a good design as the threads did not hold.
3. There was an air-relief valve but it is not automatic –or failed to release excess pressure.
4. Based on the information in the [REDACTED] article, which is attached, it would be best to require that filter canisters have multiple lugs and nuts as those found made by [REDACTED].
I’m glad I am alive. Please let me know if you are addressing this consumer protection issue.
Sincerely,
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Cc: [REDACTED]

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