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Recall: Vergo belay devices (climbing tool)

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On 2017-06-13, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Vergo belay devices (climbing tool) due to a potential fall and injury hazard. This product sold new beginning in October 2016 for about $90.

About 3,000 units are involved in this Great Trango Holdings (GTHI) belay device recall. 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 2017. Since 2005, there have been approximately 20 similar recalls, involving about 1 million product units.

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Company Contact Information:

Website: trango.com
Phone: 800-860-3653

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What is the problem?

The handle on the Vergo belay device can loosen and cause the device's assisted braking capacity to malfunction, posing fall and injury hazards to climbers.

How can I tell if I own this product?

This recall involves Trango Vergo belay devices with batch numbers 16159 and 16195 printed on the side of the unit. The devices were sold in blue, gold, or purple and feature the word "VERGO" on the front plate of the unit. Belay devices are used with climbing ropes to protect the climber while climbing, to arrest a fall or while being lowered on the rope.

These items were sold new+ at Authorized GTHI dealers and outdoor specialty stores nationwide and online at www.trango.com from October 2016 through April 2017 for about $90.

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 devices and contact Trango for instructions on receiving a free replacement.

Trango email at vergorecall@trango.com, or call 800-860-3653 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. MT, Monday through Friday, or online at www.trango.com and click on "Product Alerts" for more information.

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Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date

The firm has received three reports of the belay device's handle over-rotating and braking malfunction. No injuries have been 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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