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Black Diamond Recalls Climbing Ascenders Due to Fall Hazard

  • Black Diamond Index Ascenders (left and right)
  • Location of manufacturing code on Index Ascenders
  • Index Ascender with correct rivet (left) and unformed rivet (right)
Name of Product:
Black Diamond Index Ascenders for climbing
Hazard:
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.
Remedy:
Replace
Recall Date:
May 19, 2016
Units:
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 recall@bdel.com or online a http://blackdiamondequipment.com and click on "SAFETY NOTICES: Recall for Inspection" for more information.

Recall Details

Description:
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.
Remedy:
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 https://warranty.bdel.com/IndexRecall/Landing. Only those ascenders having an unformed rivet need to be returned for replacement.
Incidents/Injuries:
None reported
Sold At
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Eastern Mountain Sports, Moosejaw Mountaineering, Outdoors Inc., REI, Sport Chalet, and other specialty outdoor stores nationwide and online at Backcountry.com and BlackDiamond.com and for about $80. 

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Manufactured In:
U.S.
Importer(s):
Black Diamond Equipment Ltd., of Salt Lake City, Utah
Distributor(s):
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Black Diamond Equipment Ltd., of Salt Lake City, Utah

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Recall number:
16-164
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About the U.S. CPSC
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death associated with the use of thousands of types of consumer products. Deaths, injuries, and property damage from consumer product incidents cost the nation more than $1 trillion annually. CPSC’s work to ensure the safety of consumer products has contributed to a decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 40 years. Federal law bars any person from selling products subject to a publicly announced voluntary recall by a manufacturer or a mandatory recall ordered by the Commission.
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