Aqua Lung Expands Recall of Buoyancy Compensators Due to Drowning Hazard

The rubber handles can detach as divers are trying to remove the weight pockets to rise to the surface in an emergency.

Recall date: November 12, 2014
Recall number: 15-022
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  • Aqua Lung Axiomi3 buoyancy compensator with weight pockets and handles

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    Aqua Lung Axiomi3 buoyancy compensator with weight pockets and handles

  • Recalled SureLock II weight pocket handles

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    Recalled SureLock II weight pocket handles

  • Replacement weight pocket handles

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    Replacement weight pocket handles

Recall Summary

Name of product:

Aqua Lung buoyancy compensators with SureLock II weight pocket handles

Hazard:

The rubber handles can detach as divers are trying to remove the weight pockets to rise to the surface in an emergency. This poses a drowning hazard.

Consumer Contact:

Aqua Lung toll-free at (855) 355-7170 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or www.aqualung.com and click on Recall Notice for more information.

Report an Incident Involving this Product

Recall Details

In conjunction with

Units

About 30,000 in the United States and 11,300 in Canada (an additional 110,000 were previously recalled in the U.S. in March 2013)

Description

This recall involves all Aqua Lung buoyancy compensator vests with SureLock II rubber handles attached to the weight pockets, including those with SureLock II handles that were replaced in the previous recall. The handles are gray rubber, measure about 2 inches tall by 4 inches wide and extend from the forward end of the ditchable weight pockets. SureLock II handles were installed in most Aqua Lung and one model of Apeks buoyancy compensators including: all discontinued Black Diamond, Pro QD and Pro QDi3 models with serial numbers lower than BB408620. The recall also includes all Apeks Black Ice, Axiom, Axiom i3, Balance, Dimension, Libra, Lotus,  Pearl, Pearl i3, ProLT and Zuma models with serial numbers lower than BB408620. The buoyancy compensator’s model name is embroidered on the inside back pad or on the right lobe. “Sure Lock” is molded into the back of the weight pocket. The serial numbers are located on a tag under the back pad of the buoyance compensator or inside the pocket.  Earlier models could have the number printed on a tag behind the hook and loop inflator hold down on the left shoulder.

Incidents/Injuries

Aqua Lung is aware of an additional 50 reports of the handles detaching from the weight pockets. No injuries have been reported.

Remedy

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled buoyancy compensators and return the two weight pockets to an authorized Aqua Lung dealer to receive a free inspection and free newly-designed replacement weight pocket handles.

Sold at

Sporting goods and scuba diving stores nationwide from September 2008 through October 2014 for between $460 and $700 for the buoyancy compensator with the weight pockets.

Importer

Aqua Lung America, of Vista, Calif.

Manufactured in

China and Mexico

  • Aqua Lung Axiomi3 buoyancy compensator with weight pockets and handles

  • Recalled SureLock II weight pocket handles

  • Replacement weight pocket handles