Mountain Safety Research Recalls Avalanche Rescue Shovels for Safety Defect

Mountain Safety Research Recalls Avalanche Rescue Shovels for Safety Defect
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May 12, 2015

A brand of rescue snow shovels is being recalled due to safety defect.

The lower lock button on the snow shovel's shaft can fail to secure the blade, making the shovel more difficult to use when attempting to rescue avalanche victims. No injuries or incidents as a result of the defect have been reported.

About 4,640 shovels in the U.S. and Canada are affected by the recall.

This recall includes Mountain Safety Research Operator T, Operator D, and Responder avalanche rescue snow shovels. The shovels were sold at outdoor recreation stores, including Bass Po Shops, REI and others, nationwide and online at Amazon.com and other websites from October 2014 through January 2015 for between $60 and $70.

Consumers should return them to the place of purchase for a full refund or to Mountain Safety Research for a free replacement shaft.

Mountain Safety Research can be contacted at (800) 531-9531.