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Recall: Avalanche rescue snow shovels


On 2015-05-12, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Avalanche rescue snow shovels due to a potential failure to protect hazard. This product sold new beginning in October 2014 for about $60 to $70.

About 4,000 units are involved in this rescue snow shovels recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.

This is the 1st recall of products in the Snow Blowers & Throwers category in 2015. Since 2005, there have been approximately 10 similar recalls, involving about 800,000 product units.

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Avalanche rescue snow shovels
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Company Contact Information:

Phone: (800) 531-9531

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What is the problem?

The lower lock button on the avalanche snow shovel's shaft can fail to secure the blade, causing the shovel's shaft and blade to come apart and render the shovel unable to be used as intended to rescue avalanche victims.

How can I tell if I own this product?

This recall involves Mountain Safety Research Operator(TM) T, Operator(TM) D, and Responder(TM) avalanche rescue snow shovels. Lock buttons on the lower shaft connect the metal shovel blade to the metal shaft. Recalled shovels have a slit on either side of the lower lock button. The shovels measure about 32 to 34 inches long. The blades are red or yellow in color and the handles are gray. "Mountain Safety Research" is printed on the shaft of the handle. "MSR" is printed on the front of the shovel blade.

This product was also recalled in Canada. Health Canada's press release is available at

These items were sold new+ at Outdoor recreation stores, including Bass Pro Shops, REI and others, nationwide and online at and other websites from October 2014 through January 2015 for between $60 and $70.

What should I do if I own this recalled product?

First, stop using the item.

Then, add the item to a free, private Items I Own account. This will enable you to easily access the CPSC and recalling company's remedy instructions as well as track your progress toward getting the item returned or fixed. Click "I Own THIS Item" to continue.

The CPSC provides the following remedy information:

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled shovels and return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or to Mountain Safety Research for a free replacement shaft.

Mountain Safety Research at (800) 531-9531 from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. PT, email or online at and click on "Have You Purchased an MSR Snow Shovel" for more information.


Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date

None reported

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+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


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