Aqua Lung recalls SureLock II Weight Pocket Handles on their Buoyancy Compensators

Starting date:
November 12, 2014
Posting date:
November 12, 2014
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Subcategory:
Sports/Fitness
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Issue:
Product Safety
Audience:
General Public
Identification number:
RA-42157

Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Aqua Lung

Affected products

SureLock II rubber handles on Buoyancy compensators

Product description

This recall involves all Aqua Lung buoyancy compensator vests with SureLock II rubber handles attached to the weight pockets.  The grey rubber handle measures approximately 5 centimetres tall and 10 centimetres wide, and extends from the forward end of the ditchable weight pockets. 

The buoyancy compensator's model name is embroidered on the inside back pad or on the right lobe. Sure Lock is moulded into the back of the weight pocket. The serial numbers are located on a tag under the back pad of the buoyancy compensator or inside the pocket.  Earlier models could have the number printed on a tag behind the hook and loop inflator hold down on the left shoulder.

The following models with serial numbers lower than BB408620 are affected by this recall:

Discontinued Models

  • Black Diamond,
  • Pro QD,
  • Pro QDi3.

Current Models

  • Apeks Black Ice,
  • Axiom,
  • Axiom i3,
  • Balance,
  • Dimension,
  • Libra,
  • Lotus,
  • Pearl,
  • Pearl i3,
  • Pro LT,
  • Zuma.

Hazard identified

The rubber handle may separate from the weight pocket prohibiting the diver from removing the weight pockets when rising to the surface in an emergency, posing a drowning hazard.

In the United States, Aqua Lung is aware of 50 reports of handles detaching from the weight pockets. No consumer incidents or injuries have been reported.  The company has not received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries in Canada.

Health Canada has not received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries related to the use of these buoyancy compensators.

Number sold

Approximately 11,300 units were sold in Canada, and 140,000 units were sold in the United States.

Time period sold

The recalled products were sold from September 2008 to October 2014.

Place of origin

Manufactured in China and Mexico.

Companies

Importer
Aqua Lung America
Vista
California
UNITED STATES
Distributor
Aqua Lung Canada
Victoria
British Columbia
CANADA

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What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the buoyancy compensators and return the two weight pockets to an authorized Aqua Lung dealer to receive a free inspection and free newly designed replacement weight pocket handles.

For more information, consumers may contact Aqua Lung toll-free at 1-855-355-7170, Monday to Friday, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. PST or by email. Consumers can also visit Aqua Lung's website.

Consumers may view the release by the US CPSC on the Commission's website.

Please note that the Canada Consumer Product Safety Act prohibits recalled products from being redistributed, sold or even given away in Canada.

Health Canada would like to remind Canadians to report any health or safety incidents related to the use of this product or any other consumer product or cosmetic by filling out the Consumer Product Incident Report Form.