Climbing Lines Recalled Due to Fall Hazard

Fall River, Mass.-based New England Ropes, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, announced a voluntary recall of about 530 of the firm's Maxim Apogee and Maxim Pinnacle Dynamic Climbing Lines/Ropes, saying the lines can break, posing a serious fall hazard for climbers.

Manufactured in the United States, the climbing ropes included in this recall were sold at retailers nationwide from August 2006 through June 2008 for between $180 and $262. The Maxim Apogee 9.1mm rope, colored either yellow/black or red/yellow, is a 48 carrier climbing rope. The recalled model numbers are 3411-91 and 3415-91, with date codes 060801 thru 080601. The UPC codes are: 75396312299, 75396312298, 75396312301, and 75396312300. The Maxim Pinnacle 9.5mm is a blue 48 carrier climbing rope. The Model number is 3403-95, with date codes 070201 thru 080601. The UPC codes are 75396312292 and 75396312293. The date codes and the UPC codes are on the original packaging.

UPSC says consumers should immediately stop using the recalled climbing lines and contact New England Ropes toll-free at (866) 617-9038 for a free replacement. For more information, visit the firm's Web site at www.neropes.com/Climbing.aspx.

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