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Recall: Porter Athletic Climbing Ropes


On 2012-05-17, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Porter Athletic Climbing Ropes due to a potential fall hazard. This product sold new beginning in September 2009 for about $387 to $877.

Instance(s) of injuries have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.

This was the 1st recall of products in the Climbing Equipment category in 2012. Since 2005, there have been approximately 30 similar recalls, involving about 1 million product units.

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Porter Athletic Climbing Ropes
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Company Contact Information:

Phone: (888) 277-7778

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What is the problem?

The climbing rope can slip through the clamp that connects at the top, posing a fall hazard for climbers.

Instance(s) of injuries have been reported.

How can I tell if I own this product?

This recall involves two models of Porter Athletic climbing ropes.Model number 00118 is a white soft dacron rope with vinyl boot end sold in 12', 16', 20' and 24' lengths. Model number 00119 is a white soft dacron rope with vinyl boot end and rubber knots every 12' sold in 12', 16', 20' and 24' lengths.

These items were sold new+ Online at, by telephone and direct sales through authorized Porter Athletic distributors nationwide from September 2009 through September 2011 for between $387 and $877.

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 these recalled climbing ropes. Porter Athletic is repairing the recalled ropes at no cost. Shipping will be provided free of charge to the consumer. The firm is contacting customers directly.

For more information, contact Porter Athletic toll-free at (888)277-7778 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at


Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date

Porter has received three reports of the rope slipping through the clamp, including one that resulted in back and wrist injuries.

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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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