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Recall: Redpoint; and Auto-Belay Descenders


On 2005-06-03, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Redpoint; and Auto-Belay Descenders due to a potential fall hazard. This product sold new beginning in August 2004 for about $2000.00.

About 800 units are involved in this Mine Safety Appliances (MSA) descender recall. Instance(s) of severe injuries have been reported. Learn more and find out what to do if you own this product below.

This was the 2nd recall of products in the Climbing Equipment category in 2005. Since 2005, there have been approximately 20 similar recalls, involving about 1 million product units.

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Redpoint; and Auto-Belay Descenders
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What is the problem?

This product, which assists wall climbers during descent, has a faulty bearing that can cause the brakes to fail. When this occurs, wall climbers risk rapid descent with no braking capability.

Instance(s) of severe injuries have been reported.

How can I tell if I own this product?

Two types of descenders, which are used in recreational wall climbing, are included in this recall: Redpoint and Auto-Belay descenders. The descenders consist of a round metal housing into which a retractable red strap (Redpoint) or steel cable (Auto-Belay) is coiled. The front of each descender's round metal housing includes a red label (Redpoint) or green label (Auto-Belay) with the name of the product. A label on the back of the product's housing includes the descender's date of manufacture, last service date, and product number. Redpoint Descenders are identified with product numbers 10024873, 10027646 or 10027798. Auto-Belay Descenders are identified with the product number 10021806. Redpoint Descenders manufactured or serviced from August 27, 2004 through April 6, 2005 are included in the recall. Auto-Belay Descenders serviced from August 27, 2004 through April 6, 2005 are included in the recall.

These items were sold new+ at MSA worldwide from August 27, 2004 through April 6, 2005. About $2,000

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 stop using the descenders immediately and contact MSA to schedule a free repair of the product.

Contact MSA at (800)672-2222 anytime or visit the firm's Web site at


Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date

MSA has received three reports of Redpoint Descenders' brakes failing. One fall resulted in a cracked vertebra. Other injuries include bruised ribs and a sprained ankle.

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