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Aqua Lung Recalls Buoyancy Compensators Due to Drowning Hazard

  • Aqua Lung Buoyancy Compensator with weight pockets and handles
  • Recalled weight pocket handle (left), upgraded weight pocket handle with band of thicker rubber. (right)
Name of Product:
Aqua Lung buoyancy compensators with SureLock II weight pocket handles
Hazard:
The rubber handles can detach as divers are trying to remove the weight pockets to rise to the surface in an emergency. This poses a drowning hazard.
Remedy:
Replace
Recall Date:
March 21, 2013
Units:
About 110,000
Consumer Contact

Aqua Lung; toll-free at (855) 355-7170 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online at www.aqualung.com and click on Recall Notice for more information.

Recall Details

Description:

This recall involves all Aqua Lung buoyancy compensators with SureLock II rubber handles attached to weight pockets, including the following models: Axiom, Axiom i3, Balance, Black Diamond, Dimension, Libra, Lotus, Pearl, Pearl i3, Pro LT, Pro QD, Pro QDi3 and Zuma buoyancy compensators. The SureLock II handles are gray rubber and measure about 2 inches tall by 4 inches wide.   The buoyancy compensator's model name is embroidered on the inside back pad or the weight pocket's right lobe. "SureLock" is molded into the back of the weight pocket.

Remedy:

Consumers should stop using the recalled buoyancy compensators and return the two weight pockets to an authorized Aqua Lung dealer to receive a free inspection and free replacement for recalled weight pocket handles.

Incidents/Injuries:

Aqua Lung is aware of 236 reports of handles detaching from the weight pockets.  There are no reported injuries.

Sold At:
Sporting goods and scuba diving stores nationwide from September 2008 through September 2012 for between $460 and $700 for the buoyancy compensator with the weight pockets.
Importer:

Aqua Lung America, of Vista, Calif.

Importer

Aqua Lung America, of Vista, Calif.

Manufactured In:
China and Mexico
Recall number:
13-146
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