More than 48,000 pieces of equipment are included in the recalls

Black Diamond Camalot Ultralight camming devices / Black Diamond Issues Three Recalls for Climbing Gear Due to Fall Hazard
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May 20, 2016

Black Diamond Equipment, a climbing and skiing equipment manufacturer, has announced a series of recalls for products that pose a fall hazard to consumers. No injuries have been reported in connection with the recalls.

Camalot climbing devices

First, the company is recalling all sizes of its Camalot and Camalot Ultralight camming devices, used to secure ropes while rock climbing. The camming devices can come apart during use and fail. About 45,500 devices are included in the recall.

The Camalots were sold in sizes 0.3 to 6 and have manufacturing codes from 5133 to 6067, while the Camalot Ultralights were sold in sizes 0.4 to 4 and have manufacturing codes from 5309 to 6061. Manufacturing codes are printed on the underside of the cams.

The devices could be purchased at Eastern Mountain Sports, Gear Express, Mountain Gear, REI and other specialty outdoor recreation stores nationwide and online at BackCountry.com and BlackDiamond.com for between $65 and $130.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled camming devices and contact Black Diamond for inspection and replacement instructions. Only camming devices with unformed axle ends are included in the recall. Inspection instructions can be found here.

Index Ascenders

Next, Black Diamond is recalling about 2,800 of its Index Ascenders (left and right versions) used as rope clamps for rock climbing and mountaineering. The rivet holding the toothed cam can release, allowing the Ascender to slide on or become detached from the rope.

The metal ascenders come in orange and silver, both of which have a black and gray grip. Index Ascenders with a manufacturing code from 4356 to 6015 are included in the recall. The manufacturing code is located on the frame of the ascenders. Black Diamond is imprinted on both sides of the handle.

Consumers could purchase the recalled product at Eastern Mountain Sports, Moosejaw Mountaineering, Outdoors Inc., REI, Sport Chalet, and other specialty outdoor stores nationwide and online at Backcountry.com and BlackDiamond.com and for about $80.

Owners should immediately stop using the recalled ascenders and contact the company for instructions on inspecting and returning the product for a free replacement. Only ascenders with an unformed rivet need to be returned for replacement. Inspection instructions can be found here.

Via ferrata climbing equipment

Finally, the manufacturer is recalling about 100 Black Diamond Easy Rider and Iron Cruiser via ferrata climbing sets. Some of these sets were sold without the orange safety stitching on the lanyards, which can allow the ends to unexpectedly detach.

Items with manufacturing codes between 5293 and 5350 are potentially defective. The manufacturing code is located on a sewn-in fabric label located inside the zippered cover. Easy Rider or Iron Cruiser and Black Diamond are printed on the black nylon cover.

Customers could purchase these sets at Camp Saver, Gear Saver Inc., The Gear Coop and other specialty outdoor stores nationwide and online at BlackDiamond.com for between $90 and $110.

Owners should immediately stop using the recalled via ferrata climbing sets, inspect the lanyards for the orange safety stitching, and then contact Black Diamond for replacement instructions. Only sets without safety stitching need to be returned for replacement. Inspection instructions can be found here.

Consumers with questions about these three recalls can contact Black Diamond Equipment by phone at (877) 775-5552 or by email at recall@bdell.com.