|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 19, 2001
Release # 02-072
|DUI's Recall Hotline: (800) 325-8439
Company Media Contact: Susan Long-Holland, (800) 325-8439
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Diving Unlimited International (DUI) Inc., of San Diego, Calif., is recalling about 3,500 Overpressure Valves (OPV) used with Buoyancy Control Systems. The overpressure valve can stick in the open position, posing a drowning hazard to divers.
DUI has received two reports of the valves sticking open. No injuries have been reported.
These Buoyancy Control Systems come in two versions, a jacket style and a wings style. The overpressure valve is installed on these units. It is very difficult to distinguish the defective overpressure valves from those not affected. Therefore, all overpressure valves with red pulls are included in this recall. The jacket model has the DUI logo printed on the jacket pocket, epaulette, and weight pockets. The wings model has the DUI logo printed on the epaulette and weight pockets. The letters "DUI" are printed on the permanent hang tags found on the Buoyancy Control System.
Authorized DUI dealers nationwide sold these Buoyancy Control Systems from November 1997 through November 2001 for about $590.
Consumers should stop using the overpressure valves immediately and contact the DUI dealer where purchased for a free replacement. For more information, consumers can contact DUI at (800) 325-8439 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday. Consumers also can visit the firm's web site at www.DUI-Online.com
All new OPVs are equipped with yellow pulls.
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