Black Diamond Equipment has issued a recall just in time for ski season.
The company is recalling about 3,000 Whippet ski poles because the stainless steel pick in the hand grip can break and fail to slow or stop users from sliding downhill on a snow- or ice-covered slope.
Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ski poles and contact Black Diamond to receive a free replacement for the upper shaft.
This recall includes Black Diamond Whippet and Whippet Carbon ski poles manufactured May 2013 through January 2014. Recalled poles have picks with polished surfaces, a notch in the top of the pick and a date code between 13121 and 14015 etched on the pole. The date code can be found by removing the locking mechanism on the middle shaft of the Carbon Whippet and the lower shaft of the Whippet.
The ski poles were sold at major outdoor retailers globally from January 2014 to November 2014 about $100 for the Whippet and about $140 for the Carbon Whippet. The poles are sold individually.
Consumers can contact Black Diamond Equipment at (800) 775-5552.