JetForce Avalanche Airbag Packs Recalled By Manufacturer
An innovative technology in the outdoor sports industry has suffered a setback.
Black Diamond Equipment has issued a recall for its JetForce Avalanche Airbag, an airbag technology introduced to the market in 2014. The motor can malfunction and prevent the airbag from deploying, increasing the risk of injury or death.
Black Diamond used the technology in several of their models, including Pilot 11, Halo 28, and Saga 40. The Salt Lake City, Utah-based company allowed the airbag to be used by two other manufacturers. These include Pieps, installed in Tour Rider 24 and Tour Pro 24 models, and POC, installed in the Thorax 11 model. All models are subject to the recall.
According to Outside Magazine, JetForce is the first airbag system to use a fan to inflate and deflate instead of a gas canister. This is valuable because a fan will enable multiple uses and can be taken on airlines (the TSA prohibits compressed gas).
Packs with JetForce technology have been sold at specialty outdoor retail stores nationwide since December 2014. Black Diamond believes that approximately 1,000 packs are subject to the recall. Consumers should immediately stop using the packs and contact Black Diamond for instructions on returning the product for a free repair.
The company can be reached at (800) 775-5552.