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Home > Recalled Products > Sports, Outdoors & Fitness > Camping, Hiking, Fishing & Hunting > Climbing Equipment > Wild Country-brand Helium carabiners used in rock climbing

Recall: Wild Country-brand Helium carabiners used in rock climbing


On 2004-09-21, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) published a recall regarding Wild Country-brand Helium carabiners used in rock climbing due to a potential fall hazard. This product sold new beginning in April 2004 for about $11.00 to $25.00.

About 1,000 units are involved in this Excalibur Distribution carabiner recall. 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 2004. Since 2005, there have been approximately 20 similar recalls, involving about 1 million product units.

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Wild Country-brand Helium carabiners used in rock climbing
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What is the problem?

The carabiner gate may come open under a heavy load, which will significantly reduce the strength of the carabiner. The carabiner could break if the climber falls, posing a risk of serious injury or death to the climber.

How can I tell if I own this product?

These are Wild Country-brand carabiners sold under the following model names: Helium Dyneema, Helium DYN QD 5 X 13, Helium Clean Wire, and Oxygen-Helium. They are marked with batch codes AAA, AAB, AAC, AAD, AAE, and AAF. Wild Country and the model name are written on the carabiners.

These items were sold new+ at Recreational sports stores nationwide from April 2004 through July 2004 for between $11 and $25.

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:

Consumer should call the firm for instructions on returning these carabiners. The firm will reimburse shipping expenses and send the consumer a replacement.

Call Wild Country toll free at (800)997- HELI between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday or visit the firm's Web site at


Incidents & Injuries Reported as of Recall Date

None reported

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