Aqua Lung is recalling an additional 41,300 buoyancy compensators with SureLock II weight pocket handles, expanding a recall the company issued in March 2013.
The rubber handles can detach as divers are trying to remove the weight pockets to rise to the surface in an emergency. While no injuries have been reported, the company received an additional 50 complaints reporting detaching handles.
Owners should immediately stop using the recalled buoyancy compensators and return the two weight pockets to an authorized Aqua Lung dealer to receive a free inspection and newly designed replacement weight pocket handles.
The recall affects all Aqua Lung buoyancy compensator vests with SureLock II rubber handles attached to the weight pockets, including those with SureLock II handles that were replaced in the previous recall. SureLock II handles were installed in most Aqua Lung and one model of Apeks buoyancy compensators including: all discontinued Black Diamond, Pro QD and Pro QDi3 models with serial numbers lower than BB408620. The recall also includes all Apeks Black Ice, Axiom, Axiom i3, Balance, Dimension, Libra, Lotus, Pearl, Pearl i3, ProLT and Zuma models with serial numbers lower than BB408620.
The serial numbers are located on a tag under the back pad of the buoyance compensator or inside the pocket. Earlier models could have the number printed on a tag behind the hook and loop inflator hold down on the left shoulder.
The vests were sold at sporting goods and scuba diving stores nationwide from September 2008 through October 2014 for between $460 and $700.
For more information Aqua Lung can be contacted at (855) 355-7170.