Recall: Scorpio and Absorbica Shock Absorbing Lanyards for Climbing Harness
On 2011-07-12, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Scorpio and Absorbica Shock Absorbing Lanyards for Climbing Harness due to a potential fall hazard. This product sold new beginning in January 2002 for about $75 to $220.
Instance(s) of 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 2011.
Since 2005, there have been approximately 10 similar recalls,
involving about 70,000 product units.
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Phone: (877) 740-3826
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What is the problem?
Some lanyards are missing a safety stitch on the attachment loop, which can cause the lanyard to disconnect from the climbing harness, posing a fall hazard to consumers.
Instance(s) of injuries have been reported.
How can I tell if I own this product?
This recall affects all Scorpio and Absorbica lanyards manufactured before May 2011.
Scorpio: Affected Scorpio lanyards manufactured between 2002 and 2005 are model numbers L60 and L60 CK. These are yellow and blue, Y-shaped lanyards with yellow stitching on both ends. They are connected by a metal O-ring to one end of a blue pouch which contains the tear-webbing shock absorber. The pouch has a tag on it with the word "PETZL" in white letters. The other end of the blue pouch has a blue and yellow webbing attachment loop that connects to the climbing harness. Affected Scorpio lanyards manufactured between 2005 and 2011 are model numbers L60 2, L60 2CK, L60 H, L60 WL. These are red, Y-shaped lanyards connected by a black metal O-ring to one end of a grey zippered pouch which contains the tear-webbing shock absorber. The other end of the pouch has a black webbing attachment loop that connects to the climber's harness.
Absorbica: Absorbica comes in several models with varying lanyard configurations and several different connector options. Affected model numbers are L70150 I, L70150 IM, L70150 Y, L70150 YM, L57, L58, L58 MGO, L59, and L59 MGO. The lanyards have a black zippered pouch with yellow trim and the Petzl logo on the side. All have a common tear-webbing shock absorber accessible through the zippered pouch. This zippered pouch has a connector attachment on one end. The other end can have a connector attachment, a single lanyard or a Y-shaped lanyard. All lanyard options are constructed of black nylon webbing or rope and have either a connector attachment point or a snap hook connector sewn directly to the lanyard.
This item was also sold in Canada.
These items were sold new+ at Authorized Petzl dealers nationwide and in Canada from January 2002 through May 2011 for $75 to $220.
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 immediately stop using the lanyards and contact Petzl America Inc. for a free inspection and replacement of any non-conforming products.
For additional information, contact Petzl America Inc. at (877)740-3826 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT, Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.petzl.com
Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date
None in U.S.; one fall injury in France.
+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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