Aqua Lung Recalls Buoyancy Compensators Due to Drowning Hazard

The SureLock II weight pocket handles on the scuba gear can detach as divers are trying to rise to the surface in an emergency.

Recall date: Tháng Ba 21, 2013
Recall number: 13-146
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  • Aqua Lung Buoyancy Compensator with weight pockets and handles

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    Aqua Lung Buoyancy Compensator with weight pockets and handles

  • Recalled weight pocket handle (left), upgraded weight pocket handle with band of thicker rubber. (right)

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    Recalled weight pocket handle (left), upgraded weight pocket handle with band of thicker rubber. (right)

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 online at www.aqualung.com and click on Recall Notice for more information.

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Recall Details

Units

About 110,000

Description

This recall involves all Aqua Lung buoyancy compensators with SureLock II rubber handles attached to weight pockets, including the following models: Axiom, Axiom i3, Balance, Black Diamond, Dimension, Libra, Lotus, Pearl, Pearl i3, Pro LT, Pro QD, Pro QDi3 and Zuma buoyancy compensators. The SureLock II handles are gray rubber and measure about 2 inches tall by 4 inches wide.   The buoyancy compensator’s model name is embroidered on the inside back pad or the weight pocket’s right lobe. “SureLock” is molded into the back of the weight pocket.

Incidents/Injuries

Aqua Lung is aware of 236 reports of handles detaching from the weight pockets.  There are no reported injuries.

Remedy

Consumers should 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 replacement for recalled weight pocket handles.

Sold at

Sporting goods and scuba diving stores nationwide from September 2008 through September 2012 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 Buoyancy Compensator with weight pockets and handles

  • Recalled weight pocket handle (left), upgraded weight pocket handle with band of thicker rubber. (right)