Recall: Aqua Lung Buoyancy Compensators with SureLock II Weight Pocket Handles
On 2013-03-21, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Aqua Lung Buoyancy Compensators with SureLock II Weight Pocket Handles due to a potential drowning hazard. This product sold new beginning in September 2008 for about $460 to $700.
About 100,000 units are involved in this Aqua Lung buoyancy compensator recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 2nd recall of products in the Scuba Diving/Water Activity Equipment category in 2013.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 60 similar recalls,
involving about 500,000 product units.
Company Contact Information:
Phone: (855) 355-7170
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What is the problem?
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.
How can I tell if I own this product?
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.
These items were sold new+ 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.
What should I do if I own this recalled product?
First, stop using the item.
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The CPSC provides the following remedy information:
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.
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.
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
Aqua Lung is aware of 236 reports of handles detaching from the weight pockets. There are no reported injuries.
+WeMakeItSafer cautions consumers that recalled items may have been acquired at different locations, prices and times than specified in the CPSC recall announcement. This is especially true for items purchased in online marketplaces, resale shops or yard sales. More information may be available at CPSC.gov.
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