Recall: GRIGRI 2 Belay Device with Assisted Braking
On 2011-08-30, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding GRIGRI 2 Belay Device with Assisted Braking due to a potential fall hazard. This product sold new beginning in February 2011 for about $95.
About 20,000 units are involved in this Petzl belay device recall. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.
This was the 3rd recall of products in the Climbing Equipment category in 2011.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 30 similar recalls,
involving about 1 million product units.
Company Contact Information:
Phone: (800) 932-2978
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What is the problem?
Excessive force on the handle can cause it to become stuck in the open position. When stuck open, the assisted braking function is disabled, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
How can I tell if I own this product?
The GRIGRI 2 belay device is used by rock climbers to control the climber's safety rope during a fall or while being lowered on the rope. The first five digits of the serial numbers of devices affected by this recall range from 10326 to 11136. The serial number is engraved on the body of the product underneath and protected by the folded handle. The belay devices are 4 inches in length and 2 inches in width, and come in grey, blue, and orange colors.
This item was also sold in Canada. Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1397
These items were sold new+ at Sports and recreation stores in the U.S. and Canada from February 2011 to June 2011 for about $95.
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 use of the affected GRIGRI 2s immediately, and contact Petzl America for a replacement.
For additional information, contact Petzl America at (800)932-2978 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday or visit http://www.petzl.com/us/outdoor/us/recall-replacement-grigri-2
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
Seven devices worldwide, including one in the U.S., were returned after the users noticed that the handle could become stuck in the open position. No injuries have been reported.
+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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