|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
September 17, 2008
Firm's Recall Hotline: (877) 253-3483
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. 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: Apeks Second Stage Scuba Regulators
Units: About 25,000
Distributor: Aqua Lung America of Vista, Calif.
Manufacturer: Apeks Marine Equipment Ltd., of Blackburn, England
Hazard: These regulators can be missing the diaphragm cover which can cause the diaphragm to become displaced during a dive, allowing water to enter the scuba regulator. This poses a drowning hazard to divers.
Description: This recall involves Apeks TX, ATX, and XTX second stage regulators that have never been serviced. Apeks and TX, ATX, or XTX is printed on the regulator.
Sold at: Authorized Apeks dealers nationwide from February 2000 through June 2008 for between $420 and $1,450.
Manufactured in: England
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop diving with these regulators and visit an authorized Apeks dealer for a free inspection and free installation of a diaphragm cover, if the cover is missing.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Aqua Lung toll-free at (877) 253-3483 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, or visit the company's Web site at www.aqualung.com
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