|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 2, 2004
Release # 04-210
|Firm's Hotline: (888) 854-4960
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announces the following recall in voluntary cooperation with the firm below. 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: Oceanic-brand Reliant Buoyancy Compensator (BC) Inflators and AERIS-brand AW3 BC Inflators
Units: About 11,600
Manufacturer: Pelagic Pressure Systems, of San Leandro, Calif.
Hazard: The Power Inflator Buttons can stick, which can cause uncontrolled inflation of the BC. This could cause divers to ascend too fast, resulting in decompression sickness as well as the danger of an embolism.
Incidents/Injuries: Pelagic has received eight reports of the buttons sticking. No injuries have been reported.
Description: The recall includes Oceanic-brand Reliant BC inflators and AERIS-brand AW3 BC inflators. The Oceanic Reliant-type inflators have three flow-through holes in the hand grip of the lower inflator mechanism. The AERIS AW3 inflator has one flow-through hole in the hand grip of the lower inflator mechanism.
Manufactured in: Taiwan.
Sold at: Authorized Oceanic dealers sold BCs fitted with Reliant inflators nationwide from February 2004 through June 2004 for between $320 and $550. Authorized AERIS dealers sold BCs fitted with AW3 inflators from May 2004 through June 2004 for between $400 and $560.
Remedy: Consumers should stop using BCs fitted with the recalled inflators immediately and take them to any authorized Oceanic or AERIS dealer to get a free repair.
Consumer Contact: Call Pelagic toll-free at (888) 854-4960 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com, or write to Pelagic Pressure Systems, 2002 Davis Street, San Leandro, CA 94577.
Oceanic-brand BC with Reliant Inflator
Oceanic-brand AW3 Inflator
AERIS-brand with AW3 Inflator
AERIS-brand AW3 Inflator
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