About 1,500 Muddy Outdoors tree climbing sticks have been recalled by Muddy Outdoors, of Albia, Iowa. The climbing sticks can break, posing risk of serious injury or death to users. The company says it has received four reports of the climbing sticks breaking. There have been no reported injuries. The recalled Muddy Outdoors climbing sticks are used to climb trees. They consist of a 20-inch black center stick with tree cleats and fold-out steps on each end. A black and burnt orange-colored rope fastened by a cam cleat secures the stick to the tree. The tree cleats have single metal tabs or posts. Model number 70401 or 70404 is printed on the packaging. The climbing sticks were sold individually or in packs of four.

The tree sticks were sold at Bass Pro, Cabela’s, Dick’s Sporting Goods, Scheels and other hunting and outdoor stores nationwide from July 2012 through October 2012 for about $50 when sold individually and $160 when sold in a pack of four. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled climbing sticks and return them to Muddy Outdoors for a refund or a free replacement product. Call Muddy Outdoors toll-free at (877) 366-8339, or online at www.gomuddy.com and click on “Muddy Info-Latest News” or “Products-Muddy Outdoors-Sticks” section for more information.

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