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Black Diamond Avalung Recall

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January 5, 2011

Release #11-084


Firm's Recall Hotline: (801) 278-5533 collect

CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772

CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

HC Media Contact: (613) 957-2983


Avalung Backpacks Recalled by Black Diamond Equipment Due to Suffocation Hazard


WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.


Name of Product: Avalung backpacks


Units: About 3,500 units


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


Hazard: The air intake tubing can crack under cold temperatures, causing the unit not to function as intended, posing a suffocation hazard.


Incidents/Injuries: The company has received one report of an air intake tubing cracking. No injuries have been reported.


Description: This recall involves the following Black Diamond 2010 Avalung backpacks (see chart below). These backpacks have an air intake system that the company states extracts air from the snow, allowing the victim of an avalanche to breathe while buried under the snow. The model name and color are printed on the side of the backpack. The PO number is printed on a white label inside the backpack.


Backpack Model | Color | Size | PO Number


Anarchist | Black | M/L | 101153, 101254

Anarchist | Black | S/M | 101104

Bandit | Black | One Size | 101052, 100981

Bandit | Green Olive | One Size | 100957

Bandit | Seth Plaid Red | One Size | 101030

Bandit | Seth Plaid Orange | One Size | 101254

Outlaw | Black | M/L | 101104, 101271, 101254

Outlaw | Green Olive | S/M | 100981, 101052

Agent | Black | M/L | 101104, 101153

Agent | Ocean Print | S/M | 101104

Covert | Black | M/L | 101104, 101254, 101330, 101287

Covert | Black | S/M | 101030

Revelation | Black | M/L | 101254, 101104, 101287

Revelation | Chili | M/L | 101213, 101254, 101030, 101052

Revelation | Chili | S/M | 101104

Bandit Avalung Package | Black | One Size |101322, 101330, 101052


Sold at: Specialty outdoor and ski shops nationwide from January 2010 through December 2010 for between $180 and $280.


Manufactured in: China


Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using these recalled backpacks and contact Black Diamond Equipment to receive a free replacement product or a full refund.


Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Black Diamond collect at (801) 278-5533 anytime or visit the company's website at www.BlackDiamondEquipment.com/AvaLungRecall


Note: Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1228


To see this recall on CPSC's web site, please go to:



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