IMPORTANT CALLS FOR EQUIPMENT CHECKS
The UIAA is sharing details of two recent safety notifications from gear manufacturers.
The first was issued on 22 March, 2019 by Edelrid, who called on the owners of the “Turn” pulley to check the riveting of these pulleys. This affects batch XXXX 18-150. Please note that XXXX stands for an individual sequential number and is irrelevant for this inspection.
Their message states:
A pulley with a defective rivet was discovered. On one pulley, the axle holding the roller and the two side plates together was not fully riveted. A side plate could therefore come loose and unintentionally release the rope.
The affected pulley is sold under the trade name “Turn”.
It cannot be ruled out that other pulleys of this batch with faulty riveting may be in circulation.
In the interest of customer safety, EDELRID has decided to issue this recall for safety check/user inspection. Owners of pulleys called “Turn”, with the corresponding batch number XXXX 18-150 are requested to check whether the rivet head on the side plate has a minimum diameter of 8.7 mm.
Inspection instructions: https://www.edelrid.de/en/service/recalls/pics/2019/Turn_Inspection-Instruction_EN.pdf
The full message can be found here: https://www.edelrid.de/en/service/recalls/check-turn.php
The second advisory came from Mammut, released 2 May 2019, who asked customers to check that airbag systems 3.0 are installed correctly.
Their message states:
All customers who own a Generation 3.0 avalanche airbag from the Winter 16/17, Winter 17/18 or Winter 18/19 seasons (neon-colored deployment handle) are requested to check them according to the following instructions or to contact Mammut Customer Service. Avalanche airbags from previous seasons (red deployment handle) are not affected.
It is easy to identify whether the airbag is attached correctly (see the checking instructions). If the airbag balloon is not properly attached to the airbag inflation system, in some cases the airbag may lose volume too quickly after deployment. As a result, the airbag’s functionality may be impaired in the event of burial by an avalanche.
If you identify that the airbag balloon is attached incorrectly, the affected airbag system should no longer be used and must be returned immediately to Mammut Customer Service to be replaced. In the event of any queries, Mammut Customer Service will be happy to help.
The full message can be found here: https://www.mammut.com/us/en/service/avalanche-airbags/safety-check-airbag/
Find out more details on recalls on the dedicated UIAA page:
Main Image: courtesy of Edelrid