Name of product:
Black Diamond Index Ascenders for climbing
The Index Ascenders’ rivet holding the toothed cam can release, allowing the Ascender to slide on the rope or become detached from the rope, posing a risk of injury or death to climbers from a fall.
Recall date:
May 19, 2016
About 2,800 (in addition, 300 were sold in Canada)
Consumer Contact:
Black Diamond at 800-775-5552 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, email at or online a and click on "SAFETY NOTICES: Recall for Inspection" for more information.

Recall Details

In Conjunction With:
This recall involves Black Diamond brand Index Ascenders (left and right versions) used as rope clamps for rock climbing and mountaineering. The metal ascenders are orange, with a black and gray grip or silver with a black and gray grip. Index Ascenders with a manufacturing code from 4356 to 6015 are included in the recall. The manufacturing code is located on the frame of the ascenders. “Black Diamond” is imprinted on both sides of the handle.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ascenders and contact Black Diamond for instructions on inspecting and returning the product for a free replacement. Instructions for inspection are also available at Only those ascenders having an unformed rivet need to be returned for replacement.
None reported
Sold At:

Eastern Mountain Sports, Moosejaw Mountaineering, Outdoors Inc., REI, Sport Chalet, and other specialty outdoor stores nationwide and online at and and for about $80. 

Black Diamond Equipment Ltd., of Salt Lake City, Utah

Black Diamond Equipment Ltd., of Salt Lake City, Utah

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