August 30, 2011 (Washington D.C.) – GRIGRI 2 belaying devices used by rock-climbers to control safety ropes have been voluntarily recalled by the manufacturer Petzl, along with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission. Excessive force on the handle can cause it to become stuck in the open position, disabling the assisted braking function and posing a fall hazard to climbers.
The first five digits of the serial numbers of devices affected by this recall range from 10326 to 11136. The serial number is engraved on the body of the product underneath and protected by the folded handle. The belay devices are 4 inches in length and 2 inches in width, and come in grey, blue, and orange colors. The belays were sold at sold at: Sports and recreation stores in the U.S. and Canada from February 2011 to June 2011 for about $95.
Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately and contact Petzl America for a replacement. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Petzl America at (800) 932-2978 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday or visit http://www.petzl.com/us/outdoor/us/recall-replacement-grigri-2
Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 932-2978
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
About 18,000 of the GRIGRI 2 belay devices with assited braking devices were sold in the U.S. and another 2,000 in Canada. Health Canada has also participated in the recall. The devices were imported by Petzl America Inc. of Europe from the parent company, Petzl, in France.
There have been no injuries reported, however seven devices have been returned to the manufacturer after users reported handles stuck in the open position.
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is charged with protecting the public from unreasonable risks of injury or death from thousands of types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. The CPSC's work to ensure the safety of consumer products - such as toys, cribs, power tools, cigarette lighters, and household chemicals - contributed significantly to the 30 percent decline in the rate of deaths and injuries associated with consumer products over the past 30 years.
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