Consumer product recall

Petzl PIRANA descenders recalled due to drowning hazard

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Petzl PIRANA descenders
Consumer products - Drowning hazard
What to do

Immediately stop using the recalled descenders and contact Petzl America, Inc. for a refund.

Affected products

This recall involves Petzl PIRANA metal adjustable friction descenders for canyoneering; particularly used in aquatic rappelling situations.  Affected models are D005AA00 (orange) and D005AA01 (black).  Affected serial numbers are between 19 F 0000000 000 and 22 A 9999999 999.


In certain situations, where the user lets the rope slide freely through the PIRANA to intentionally drop into the water, the rope runs quickly through the descender and can accidentally get caught or wedged in the PIRANA’s blocking slot. The user is then stuck, and may not be able to remove the rope from this position. This situation can be dangerous, with a drowning risk, especially if the user is stuck under a waterfall or in a pool of water.

As of February 2, 2022, the company has received no reports of incidents or injuries in Canada and the United States.

What you should do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled descenders and contact Petzl America, Inc. for a refund.

For more information, consumers can contact Petzl America, Inc. by telephone at 800-932-2978 from Monday to Friday between 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. MST, by email at, or visit the company website.

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

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.

Additional information


Number Sold

The company reported that 177 units of the affected product were sold in Canada and about 3,450 were sold in the United States.

Time Period Sold

The affected products were sold from July 2019 to January 2022.

Place of Origin

Manufactured in France

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Alert / recall type
Consumer product recall
Consumer products - Sports and fitness


Petzl America, Inc.

Salt Lake City, Utah



Petzl Distribution SAS



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Health Canada
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