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The original rigid, orange ANTISNOW plates sold with Petzl Charlet IRVIS, VASAK and SARKEN crampons may abnormally accumulate snow in certain conditions. Because of this, Petzl has decided to replace them with an improved version

you can get replacements issued here

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NEWS from CPSC

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

 

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

March 11, 2005

Release # 05-134 Firm’s Recall Hotline: (800) 826-1598

CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772

CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

 

 

 

CPSC, Montrail Inc. Announce Recall of Crampons; Products Used for Ice Climbing and Mountaineering

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

 

Name of product: Crampons (used for ice climbing and mountaineering)

 

Units: 969 pairs

 

Manufacturer: Montrail Inc., of Seattle, Wash.

 

Hazard: The vertical rails at the front of these crampons can break, which could result in falls and injuries to consumers.

 

Incidents/Injuries: Montrail has received three reports of crampons breaking. No injuries were reported.

 

Description: The recall includes models I354, I356, and K364 sold under brand names I.C.E. 9 and Khumbu. The recall includes products with UPC numbers beginning with 619120036 and ending with 204, 211, 46! 4, or 457. These model and UPC numbers are listed only on the packaging, but not on the products themselves.

 

Sold at: Outdoor equipment retailers nationwide from September 2003 through Feb. 1, 2005 for between $135 and $185.

 

Manufactured in: Korea

 

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these crampons immediately and contact Montrail to find out how to return them and for further recall details.

 

Consumer Contact: Contact Montrail toll-free at (800) 826-1598 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PST Monday through Friday.

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Tideswell, Derbyshire (July 15th 2004) – Wild Country Ltd announce the recall of all Helium karabiners supplied between April and July 2004.

In-process testing has identified a problem with a limited number of karabiners concerning the location of the gate on the nose of the karabiner under load. Should this problem occur in use the minimum breaking strength of the karabiner would be the "Gate Open" strength of 10kN.

Please arrange for the immediate return of all Helium karabiners to;

 

Wild Country Ltd, Meverill Rd, Tideswell, nr Buxton, Derbyshire, SK17 8PY, United Kingdom.

 

Or to the store from which they were purchased

 

The products concerned are;

 

HELIUM - CLEAN WIRE - RED or SILVER

HELIUM 10MM DYNEEMA Quickdraw13 or 18cm

OXYGEN-HELIUM 12mm Quickdraw 10 or 15 cm

 

The karabiners are marked with Batch Codes; AAA, AAB, AAC, AAD, AAE and AAF

 

All karabiners returned will be inspected and further testing will be undertaken.

 

We will restock this karabiner as soon as possible.

 

We will be posting information on web-sites, in Internet "Chat Rooms", climbing walls, national climbing publications and other media as deemed appropriate.

 

For help with identifying the product or for further information on the recall please contact us on; + 44 (0)1298 871010.

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If you purchased a Barryvox since August, you might have a model that could develop cracks in the casing, allowing moisture to seep in. Any older Barryvox (i.e. you didn't get a CDROM with it) is fine. Any Barryvox with a sticker "New Casing" on the box is fine. The following link has more:

 

http://www.barryvox.com/productfamily/mammut/downloads/recallbarryvox_information_e.pdf

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I've just posted a thread in the freshiezone about the Ortovox M2 recall, and related avalanche beacon / battery issues... go read it if you care to.

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September 23, 2005

 

Airway Heights, WA – In cooperation with the US Consumer Product Safety Commision (CPSC), Omega Pacific is voluntary recalling a small percentage of Five-O Screwgate locking carabiners built between November and December of 2004.

 

Carabiners affected by this recall can be potentially opened under moderate loads even when properly locked and must be returned for replacement.

 

Only carabiners marked with the lot stamp “VT” are affected. The lot number can be found on the backside of the spine and is clearly identified. Do not return any lots other than “VT” as no other lots are subject to this issue. No other models are affected. Only Five-O locking carabiners with the lot stamp “VT” (see our website for photos of this lot stamp location: http://www.omegapac.com/op_climbing_notices.html) are considered under this action.

 

Please do not return carabiners to retailers. Instead, please ship any affected carabiners directly to Omega Pacific. Please mark all packages with “Attn: Warranty Returns, RA 728.” Be sure to include your name and shipping address where we can deliver a replacement Five-O locking carabiner.

 

All returns or inquiries can be directed to:

 

Omega Pacific Customer Service

11427 W. 21st Avenue

Airway Heights, WA 99001

Attn: Warranty Returns, RA 728

 

If you have any questions, please call us at 800-360-3990 or email at info@omegapac.com

 

We sincerely apologize for the inconvenience this may cause.

 

--Omega Pacific, Inc.

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Taken from here: Petzel web page for carabiner recall

 

 

"Dear Petzl customers,

 

We have identified a quality issue with a limited number of the M34 BL Am'D BALL-LOCK and M36 BL WILLIAM BALL-LOCK carabiners with the new metal locking sleeve: the sleeve may be unlocked without pressing the green button, so the locking system acts as a TWIST-LOCK, instead of a BALL-LOCK. Following testing and analysis of current stock, we believe this issue may be present in approximately 5-10% of all BALL-LOCK carabiners that have the new metal sleeve. This information does not apply to the older nylon-sleeve locking system, but only to BALL-LOCK carabiners with the metal locking sleeve manufactured in 2006.

 

There will not be a recall of these products because a non-conforming carabiner still functions as a twist-lock carabiner. However, Petzl takes great pride in the quality of its products and wants to replace those carabiners that are non-conforming. Therefore, we suggest that you do the following:

 

1. Inspect all of your metal-sleeve BALL-LOCK carabiners following the simple procedure below OR return them to the Petzl distributor in your country for inspection and possible replacement.

2. If you do your own inspection, you may return any non-conforming product to the place of purchase (or Petzl distributor in your country) for replacement.

 

We apologize for this inconvenience and appreciate your attention and patience. Petzl is constantly working to improve its methods of production and quality assurance. Please do not hesitate to contact the Petzl distributor in your country with any questions you may have.

 

Best regards,

 

Marc GALY

Quality Manager

BALL-LOCK metal sleeve inspection procedure

 

1. Unlock, open and close the carabiner once as shown in the technical notice.

- Am'D BALL-LOCK technical notice

- WILLIAM BALL-LOCK technical notice

2. Grip the spine of the carabiner with your right hand so that your thumb is on the wider end of the carabiner (end opposite the hinge).

3. Firmly grip the locking sleeve by wrapping the fingers of your left hand around it.

4. Without pressing the green button, twist the sleeve firmly in the direction normally used to unlock the carabiner.

 

Inspection results

 

A non-conforming product will unlock easily with a single firm twist. Please do not apply excessive force as a single firm twist is all that is required to unlock a non-conforming product.

 

Conforming product will resist a firm twist and remain locked; again, please avoid excesssive force.

 

WILLIAM BALL-LOCK - M36 BLAm'D BALL-LOCK - M34 BL"

 

News_149_2_1.jpg

 

 

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This may have been posted a while ago, but I'm adding it to the official recall thread.

 

Trango #1 MaxCam Recall:

After receiving a defective unit from a climber in the field, in-house inspection and testing has revealed that a small number of our # 1 MaxCams have head axle rivets that do not meet the minimum specified diameter, possibly resulting in failure of the cam assembly. This flaw affects only the red #1 MaxCam with Batch Numbers 0605 and 0705 that were sold in 2005 and 2006. All other cams are unaffected and you can continue to use them with confidence. Please discontinue the use of #1 MaxCams from Batch Numbers 0605 and 0705

 

http://www.trango.com/pdfs/MCrecall.pdf

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Taken from the new Petzl Recall Page

 

Ball-Lock carabiners product safety bulletin

Name of product: Am'D Ball-Lock, William Ball-Lock

 

USA only Clearfield, Utah (October 18, 2006) Petzl America voluntarily announced a recall of Petzl M34 BL Am'D BALL-LOCK and M36 BL WILLIAM BALL-LOCK carabiners with the new metal locking sleeve due to the possibility that the sleeve can be unlocked without pressing the green button, so the locking system acts as a TWIST-LOCK, instead of a BALL-LOCK. Affected units were sold during March and July, 2006. No incidents or injuries have been reported. This information does not apply to the older nylon-sleeve locking system, but only to BALL-LOCK carabiners with the metal locking sleeve manufactured in March and July, 2006. This recall is in effect only in the USA - it does not affect BALL LOCK carabiners sold in other countries (see press release - pdf format, 50 Kb).

 

If you have a Ball-Lock carabiner with the metal sleeve, check the batch number engraved on the spine of the carabiner. Affected product will display a number between 06076 and 06178. If you have any affected product, you may:

 

1. Inspect it following the simple procedure below, or return it to the place of purchase or to Petzl America for inspection and possible replacement.

2. If you do your own inspection, you may return any non-conforming product to the place of purchase or to Petzl America for replacement.

 

For assistance in any matter related to this recall, please contact Petzl America at 877 807 3805 or rcl.bl06@petzl.com.

BALL-LOCK metal sleeve inspection procedure

 

1. Unlock, open and close the carabiner once as shown in the technical notice:

- Am'D BALL-LOCK technical notice

- WILLIAM BALL-LOCK technical notice

2. Grip the spine of the carabiner with your right hand so that your thumb is on the wider end of the carabiner (end opposite the hinge).

3. Firmly grip the locking sleeve by wrapping the fingers of your left hand around it.

4. Without pressing the green button, twist the sleeve firmly in the direction normally used to unlock the carabiner.

 

Inspection results

 

A non-conforming product will unlock easily with a single firm twist. Please do not apply excessive force as a single firm twist is all that is required to unlock a non-conforming product.

 

Conforming product will resist a firm twist and remain locked; again, please avoid excesssive force.

 

Am'D BALL-LOCK - M34 BLWILLIAM BALL-LOCK - M36 BL

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Montrail Recall notice relevant to the following post

 

-mod

 

Montrail crampons have been recalled.

 

I spoke to someone from Montrail and they said that the crampons were breaking and they were replacing them with other brands at their cost. Very nice policy. I got brand new BD sabertooths out of the deal. They work with any boot so it worked out a few weeks later when...

 

The Montrail boots I had blew out their goretex bootie. I knew about this, as a customer complaint issue and still went with them, thinking it was an isolated event. It was not. Both boots blew out the goretex and I had to turn around with two flooded boots on Shasta.

 

And I was also told that Columbia just bought Montrail.

Edited by fern

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http://www.trango.com/recall.php

 

It has come to our attention at Trango that one hundred #5 Big Bros made in March and October 2008 have improperly aligned inner tubes.

 

These units are not batch marked, so the out of spec units must be identified by visual inspection. If the unit was delivered to the shop or purchased before March 2008, then it's fine.

 

recall5.jpg

Edited by tomtom

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I doubt that "Wall St" has anything to do with that fake petzl gear. The companies traded an wall st are far to large to be bothered with making a few thousand fake reproductions of obscure rope ascending devices. They would rather steal a copy of viagra or hybrid auto design and make serious money.

 

 

You need to point the finger at the real culprit.

"China's bottom-line tactics aren't in our interest."

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True - But when companies move manufacturing to countries like China (where there is a lack of government regulation in place to prevent this) as means of diminishing the margin so as to gain a competitive advantage and increase shareholder wealth this is what happens.

 

Although Wall Street didn't produce these fakes they moved their manufacturing to a place where they can't maintain the same control in their original factories.

 

We see this all the time with companies that outsource manufacturing to places like China. Go onto eBay and you can find 1000's of NFL jersey fakes that are created in the same factories that produce the legit ones. Legit NFL merchandise by day; low quality fakes by night. It turns out that the same it true of climbing gear.

 

 

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