Black Diamond of Salt Lake City, Utah, recalled about 78,500 Avalanche Transceivers due to potential safety risk.
The transceiver can switch modes unexpectedly when not locked or installed in the harness preventing it from transmitting a signal.
This can make it difficult to locate a skier in an avalanche, which can result in severe bodily harm or death.
The firm has received 65 reports of the transceiver modes switching unexpectedly while in use. One death and one instance of a skier getting caught in an avalanche and suffering a broken arm and minor injuries were both reported in British Columbia.
This recall involves the following products:
- PIEPS DSP Pro
- DSP Pro Ice
- DSP Sport Avalanche Transceivers.
The transceivers were sold at Liberty Mountain, Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), and other specialty outdoor stores nationwide, and online.
The company urges consumers to immediately stop using the recalled avalanche transceivers and to contact Black Diamond for a free replacement hard case carrying system and user guide to be used with the recalled transceivers.
There have been no reported incidents to date.
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