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Black Diamond, Inc. recalls JetForce Technology Avalanche Airbag Packs

Starting date:
July 9, 2015
Posting date:
July 9, 2015
Type of communication:
Consumer Product Recall
Source of recall:
Health Canada
Product Safety
General Public
Identification number:

Joint recall with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and Black Diamond, Inc.

Affected products

All first generation models of Black Diamond, PIEPS and POC JetForce Avalanche Airbag Packs

Product description

This recall involves all first generation JetForce Black Diamond, PIEPS and POC model airbag packs manufactured by Black Diamond, Inc. between October 2, 2014 and March 3, 2015. The manufacturing date codes, ranging from 14275 to 15077, can be found inside the front pocket label. The date codes are listed in a YYDDD format. For example, a manufacturing date of October 2, 2014 is written as "14275". The 2014 year of manufacture is "14", and "275" is the 275th day of the year which is October 2nd. Date codes on some products are truncated in a YDDD format (For example, 4275). The JetForce Technology logo is on the left shoulder strap, and an instruction label is on the inside flap of the back panel.

The backpacks contain a lithium ion battery powered fan that will deploy and inflate a large fabric balloon that is intended to help keep a skier caught in a snow avalanche above the snow surface.

The first generation backpacks were available in the following colours:
Brand Model Colour
Black Diamond Pilot 11 JetForce Avalanche Airbag Pack Black or Fire Red
Halo 28 JetForce Avalanche Airbag Pack Black or Fire Red
Saga 40 JetForce Avalanche Airbag Pack Black or Fire Red
PEIPS PIEPS JetForce TOUR PRO 34 Black with chili red or black with yellow
PIEPS JetForce TOUR RIDER 24 Black with chili red or black with yellow
POC POC Thorax backpack Orange


Hazard identified

The company has identified a system malfunction which can result in the airbag not deploying upon activation. This can increase the risk of burial or injury in the event of a snow avalanche, posing a hazard to the user.

Neither Health Canada nor Black Diamond, Inc. has received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries in Canada.

Black Diamond, Inc. has not received any reports of consumer incidents or injuries in the United States.

Number sold

Approximately 200 units were sold in Canada, and approximately 1,000 units were sold in the United States.

Time period sold

The recalled products were sold from December 2014 through June 2015.

Place of origin

Manufactured in the United States.


Black Diamond, Inc.
Salt Lake City

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What you should do

Consumers should stop using the recalled avalanche airbag backpacks and contact Black Diamond, Inc. to arrange for a repair.

For additional information, consumers may contact Black Diamond, Inc. toll free at 1-800-775-5552, from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. MT, Monday through Friday, by email, or submit a claim.  Consumers may also visit Black Diamond , PIEPS, or POC websites for more information.

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.

This recall is also posted on the OECD Global Portal on Product Recalls website. You can visit this site for more information on other international consumer product recalls.