Suffocation Hazard Leads to Recall of Avalanche Rescue Probes
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Suffocation Hazard Leads to Recall of Avalanche Rescue Probes

The lock button on the probe can fail, resulting in a lack of function

May 3, 2016

A safety device from Cascade Designs is being recalled due to safety concerns.

The company is recalling its Mountain Safety Research Striker 320 and Striker 240 avalanche rescue probes. The lock button on the probe can fail to engage and lock, causing the probe not to function as intended. This can interfere with finding someone buried beneath snow, posing a suffocation hazard.

No incidents or injuries have been reported as a result of this defect.

The recalled probe is divided into six or eight sections of 18-inch aluminum shafts that lock into place to create a single 94-inch or 126-inch probe, depending on the model. The probe is used by searchers to help identify something or someone buried by snow after an avalanche. Striker 320 is printed on the red and gray probe and Striker 240 is printed on the yellow and gray probe. MSR is printed on the shaft.

Consumers could purchase these items at REI and other outdoor recreation stores nationwide and online at and other websites from September 2014 through January 2016 for between $60 and $70.

Customers should immediately stop using the recalled probes and call Cascade Designs for instructions on receiving a refund or free replacement probe.

Individuals with questions about this recall can contact Cascade Designs at (800) 531-9531.