Faulty Carabiners, Nylon Runners Recalled by Black Diamond

Faulty Carabiners, Nylon Runners Recalled by Black Diamond
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March 31, 2016

Black Diamond has issued a pair of recalls for defective climbing equipment.

First, the company is recalling about 1.16 million of its carabiners, a coupling link used by rock climbers. The carabiner can unexpectedly open and allow the rope to become detached, posing a fall risk for climbers, resulting in injury or death.

This recall involves 16 models of Black Diamond brand carabiners with manufacturing date codes between 4350 and 6018. Black Diamond or the Black Diamond logo is printed on the front of the carabiners. The manufacturing date code is printed on the side of the carabiners. They were sold individually or as part of a climbing gear set. For a list of the included models, see the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) release.

Next, the company is recalling about 185,000 18 mm wide nylon runners. A nylon runner with a tape splice (two cut ends joined by masking tape) will fail in normal use, posing a risk of death or injury due to a fall.

The product was sold in lengths of 60 cm and 120 cm in red blue, gold, green, gray and purple. CE 0333 and 2014 or 2015 are printed on the sewn-in label.

No injuries have been reported in connection with either product.

Black Diamond sold these items at Eastern Mountain Sports, Hansen Mountaineering, The Gear Coop, Peak Experiences Inc., REI and other specialty outdoor stores nationwide, and online at Backcountry.com and BlackDiamond.com. The carabiners were sold from December 2014 to January 2016 for between $6 and $15, while the nylon runners were sold from January 2014 through February 2016 for between $5 and $9.

Consumers should immediately stop use of the recalled products and contact Black Diamond for instructions on obtaining a free replacement.

Customers with questions about these recalled products can contact Black Diamond by phone at 800-755-5552.