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Recall: Black Diamond Index Ascenders For Climbing

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On 2016-05-19, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Black Diamond Index Ascenders For Climbing due to a potential hazard. This product sold new beginning in 0 for about $80.

About 3,000 units are involved in this Black Diamond Equipment ascenders recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.

This was the 4th recall of products in the Climbing Equipment category in 2016. Since 2005, there have been approximately 30 similar recalls, involving about 1 million product units.

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Black Diamond Index Ascenders For Climbing
Image of Recalled Black Diamond Index Ascenders (left and right) 200815
Image of Recalled Location of manufacturing code on Index Ascenders 491454
Image of Recalled Index Ascender with correct rivet (left) and unformed rivet (right) 439919
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Company Contact Information:

Phone: 800-775-5552

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What is the problem?

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.

How can I tell if I own this product?

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.

This product was also recalled in Canada. Health Canada's press release is available at http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2016/58480r-eng.php

These items were sold new+ at 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.

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 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.

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 mam http://blackdiamondequipment.com and click on "SAFETY NOTICES: Recall for Inspection" for more information.

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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 CPSC.gov.

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Sources may include: Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Health Canada and companies involved with this or a related recall.

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