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GTHI Recalls Climbing Belay Devices Due to Fall and Injury Hazards

  • Trango Vergo Belay Device
  • Vergo belay device with the handle over-rotated.
  • Purple Vero Belay Device
Name of Product:
Vergo belay devices (climbing tool)

The handle on the Vergo belay device can loosen and cause the device’s assisted braking capacity to malfunction, posing fall and injury hazards to climbers.

Recall Date:
June 13, 2017
About 2,600 (in addition, about 100 were sold in Canada)
Consumer Contact

Trango email at, or call 800-860-3653 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. MT, Monday through Friday, or online at  and click on “Product Alerts” for more information.

Recall Details


This recall involves Trango Vergo belay devices with batch numbers 16159 and 16195 printed on the side of the unit. The devices were sold in blue, gold, or purple and feature the word “VERGO” on the front plate of the unit. Belay devices are used with climbing ropes to protect the climber while climbing, to arrest a fall or while being lowered on the rope.


Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled devices and contact Trango for instructions on receiving a free replacement.


The firm has received three reports of the belay device’s handle over-rotating and braking malfunction. No injuries have been reported.

Sold At
Authorized GTHI dealers and outdoor specialty stores nationwide and online at from October 2016 through April 2017 for about $90.
Manufactured In:
United States
Great Trango Holdings Inc. (GTHI), of Lafayette, Colo.
Recall number:
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This recall was conducted, voluntarily by the company, under CPSC’s Fast Track Recall process. Fast Track recalls are initiated by firms, who commit to work with CPSC to quickly announce the recall and remedy to protect consumers.

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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