December 27, 1977


Release # 77-131

WASHINGTON, D.C. (Dec. 27)-- CPSC and Parkway Fabricators of South Amboy, N.J. today announce a voluntary part-replacement program of 2000 "Poseidon" brand "Cyklon 300" model regulators for SCUBA diving systems sold in 1974. The regulators manufactured in Sweden by Poseidon Industries AB, imported and distributed nationwide by Parkway Fabricators can be identified by the "Poseidon" brand name, the "Cyklon 300" model name and the following serial number ranges: 15024 through 16523 and 18050 through 18549. The brand name is embossed on the purge button and the serial number is located on the first stage of the regulator.

The intermediate air hose on these regulators may become disconnected from its fitting due to a defect in the hose material. If the fitting disconnects while the unit is submerged, air flow to the diver would be cut off.

Consumers are warned to immediately stop using these regulators. The company is providing free replacement hoses to all consumers who own one of the affected regulators. To obtain the replacement hose, consumers should write to Parkway Fabricators, # 1 Raritan Street, South Amboy, N.J., attn: Cyklon 300 Recall, and provide his or her name, address, telephone number and the serial number of the regulator. A replacement hose along with instructions for installation will be mailed to each owner. In addition, Parkway has sent direct notification to the approximately 80% of the purchasers of the regulators who have filed warranty cards with the firm. Parkway is also notifying its dealers nationwide and is providing them with posters to warn customers not to use the regulator until a replacement hose is provided.

The firm is aware of approximately 20 instances when the intermediate air hose on the regulator has become disconnected from its fitting. However, no injuries have resulted to divers as a result of this problem. Consumers who require additional information should contact Ken Musiak, Parkway Fabricators, # 1 Raritan Street, South Amboy, N. J., telephone 201/721 -5300.If consumers are unable to contact Parkway Fabricators, they may contact CPSC at 800/638-2772.