Black Diamond Recalls Climbing Ascenders Due to Fall Hazard

Hazard: The Index Ascenders’ rivet holding the toothed cam can release, allowing the Ascender to slide on the rope or become detached from the rope, posing a risk of injury or death to climbers from a fall.

http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/Black-Diamond-Recalls-Climbing-Ascenders/

Name of Product: Black Diamond Index Ascenders for climbing

Recall Summary

Remedy: Replace: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ascenders and contact Black Diamond for instructions on inspecting and returning the product for a free replacement. Instructions for inspection are also available at https://warranty.bdel.com/IndexRecall/Landing. Only those ascenders having an unformed rivet need to be returned for replacement.

Consumer Contact: Black Diamond at 800-775-5552 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, email at recall@bdel.com or online at http://blackdiamondequipment.com and click on “SAFETY NOTICES: Recall for Inspection” for more information.

Recall Details

Photos Available At http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2016/Black-Diamond-Recalls-Climbing-Ascenders/

Units: About 2,800 (in addition, 300 were sold in Canada)

Description: This recall involves Black Diamond brand Index Ascenders (left and right versions) used as rope clamps for rock climbing and mountaineering. The metal ascenders are orange, with a black and gray grip or silver with a black and gray grip. Index Ascenders with a manufacturing code from 4356 to 6015 are included in the recall. The manufacturing code is located on the frame of the ascenders. “Black Diamond” is imprinted on both sides of the handle.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Sold at: Eastern Mountain Sports, Moosejaw Mountaineering, Outdoors Inc., REI, Sport Chalet, and other specialty outdoor stores nationwide and online at Backcountry.com and BlackDiamond.com and for about $80.

Importer/Distributor: Black Diamond Equipment Ltd., of Salt Lake City, Utah

Manufactured in: U.S.

Retailers: If you are a retailer of a recalled product you have a duty to notify your customers of a recall. If you can, email your clients or include the recall information in your next marketing communication to your clients. Post any Recall Poster at your stores and contact the manufacturer to determine how you will handle any recalls.

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