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DMM have issued a user inspection request, after one was found to have key stitching missing.

Just checked mine, it's fine. *wipes sweat from brow*
rydra_wong: stick figure on an indoor climbing wall -- base image taken from the webcomic xkcd (climbing -- xkcd)
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Product recall information

This time on certain Camalots and Camalot Ultralights (also ascenders and via ferrata gear), in addition to February's recall on slings, carabiners and quickdraws.

If you've got any BD gear, time to check the manufacturing codes to make sure it's not in the problem batches.

This is rather worrying -- looks like they might have had a major failure of quality control -- hence my signal-boosting.
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I'm not sure if recall info is valid to post here or not...but it is climbing related! Plus a common item many people have.

If I recall correctly, the last time there was a recall from Petzl, there was a headlamp that would catch on fire on your head if you used lithium-ion batteries that were not their brand.

Petzl has discovered that exerting excessive force on the fully extended handle of the GRIGRI 2 can cause internal damage, such that the GRIGRI 2 handle may become stuck in the open position.

When the handle is stuck in this position the assisted braking function is disabled. A damaged GRIGRI 2 in this configuration will function similarly to a manual belay device (e.g. tube style device).

When using a damaged GRIGRI 2 with the handle stuck in the position as shown in Figure 1, failure to control the braking side of the rope will increase the risk of an uncontrolled descent. A GRIGRI 2 with a damaged handle must be immediately retired from service.

It is important to note that failure to control the braking side of the rope is a misuse of the GRIGRI 2 under any circumstance (See GRIGRI 2 Technical Notice - pdf file, 2,5Mo).

As of June 20, 2011, seven damaged products have been returned to Petzl through our worldwide distribution network. Petzl has no knowledge of any accidents resulting from a damaged GRIGRI 2 handle.

Petzl Response

Because the safety of our users is our primary concern, as a measure of precaution Petzl has decided to take the following actions:

* increase the mechanical strength of the handle on all GRIGRI 2’s since serial number 11137.
* recall all GRIGRI 2’s with the first five digits of the serial number between 10326 and 11136, and replace with a new revised GRIGRI 2.

Petzl will pay for all shipping costs to complete this replacement.


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