September 21, 2004
Release #04-219
Firm's Hotline: (800) 997-HELI

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: Wild Country-brand Helium carabiners used in rock climbing

Units: About 1,000

Manufacturer: DMM Engineering, of Gwynedd, U.K.

Supplier: Wild Country Ltd., of Tideswell, Derbyshire, U.K.

Importer: Excalibur Distribution, of Sandy, Utah

Hazard: The carabiner gate may come open under a heavy load, which will significantly reduce the strength of the carabiner. The carabiner could break if the climber falls, posing a risk of serious injury or death to the climber.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Description: These are Wild Country-brand carabiners sold under the following model names: Helium Dyneema, Helium DYN QD 5 X 13, Helium Clean Wire, and Oxygen-Helium. They are marked with batch codes AAA, AAB, AAC, AAD, AAE, and AAF. "Wild Country" and the model name are written on the carabiners.

Sold at: Recreational sports stores nationwide from April 2004 through July 2004 for between $11 and $25.

Manufactured in: United Kingdom

Remedy: Consumer should call the firm for instructions on returning these carabiners. The firm will reimburse shipping expenses and send the consumer a replacement.

Consumer Contact: Call Wild Country toll free at (800) 997- HELI between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at
Picture of Recalled Helium Carabiners