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
- 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 Aqua Lung
SureLock II rubber handles on Buoyancy compensators
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:
- Black Diamond,
- Pro QD,
- Pro QDi3.
- Apeks Black Ice,
- Axiom i3,
- Pearl i3,
- Pro LT,
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.
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.
Aqua Lung America
Aqua Lung Canada
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.
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.