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Urgent Safety Recall Notice - Perfect Descent Auto Belays

Wednesday, October 23, 2019   (0 Comments)
Posted by: Laura Allured
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STOP USE AND RETURN FOR INSPECTION AND UPGRADE

A revised Stop Use Notice (version 20191021.2) was issued on Tuesday, October 2, 2019 and includes the serial range D-1572 through D-1705 to the list of affected units. This batch of units was inadvertently omitted from the original notice. The updated notice can be downloaded by clicking the button below.

 

Notice Date: October 21, 2019

 

Manufacturer: C3 Manufacturing

 

Affected Product: Perfect Descent™ Auto Belay Model 220 Indoor, Outdoor, Speed Drive, and Direct Drive units manufactured from February 2017 through April 2019

 

C3 Manufacturing is announcing a stop use and recall of auto belay units that may contain a material defect that can prohibit the lanyard from retracting. While no accidents have been reported, C3 is voluntarily recalling affected units out of an abundance of caution and consistent with our focus on safety and quality. Our investigation indicates that defects may be present in the material used to manufacture the retraction spring which can result in partial or complete fracture of the spring and loss of retraction force. Complete fracture of the retraction spring will cause the lanyard to stop retracting and, in some cases, the lanyard may “pay out” thereby creating additional slack in the system. Climbing while tethered to a unit with a fractured retraction spring may result in serious injury or death.

 

C3 Manufacturing requests that you immediately remove all affected auto belays from service and return them to your nearest service center for warranty upgrade of the retraction spring.

 

All returned units will be upgraded to the new Duplex Spring Design featuring twin retraction springs. This new system comprised of two independent retraction springs will permit the unit to operate in the event of a spring failure. The daily inspection procedure provides a simple method for confirming the dual spring operation.

 

Download and review the full notice. Instructions are provided for remedying recalled units.

 

DOWNLOAD NOTICE AND INSTRUCTIONS

 


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