3,500 Emergency Breathing Backpacks Recalled

Avalung backpacks sold in specialty outdoor and ski shops in 2010 may be defective and should be returned for inspection and possible replacement, according to manufacturer Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd.

Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, has recalled about 3,500 Avalung backpacks that were sold in specialty outdoor and ski shops in 2010. The backpacks have an air intake system that extracts air from the snow, allowing the victim of an avalanche to breathe while buried under snow, but the air intake tubing can crack under cold temperatures, CPSC said. This may cause the unit not to function as intended, posing a suffocation hazard.

These units were made in China and sold for $180 to $280, the safety agency said.

Black Diamond, based in Salt Lake City, asked owners of the backpacks to return them immediately for inspection and possible replacement. At the company's recall website is a color chart to identify units included in the recall and also a printable return form.

For help identifying the recalled packs, for return instructions, and questions on the status of a replacement, contact the company at 801-278-5533 or by e-mailing avalung@bdel.com.

Download Center

HTML - No Current Item Deck
  • Free Safety Management Software Demo

    IndustrySafe Safety Management Software helps organizations to improve safety by providing a comprehensive toolset of software modules to help businesses identify trouble spots; reduce claims, lost days, OSHA fines; and more.

  • Get the Ultimate Guide to OSHA Recordkeeping

    When it comes to OSHA recordkeeping there are always questions regarding the requirements and in and outs. IndustrySafe is here to help. We put together this page with critical information to help answer your key questions about OSHA recordkeeping.

  • Safety Training 101

    When it comes to safety training, no matter the industry, there are always questions regarding requirements and certifications. We put together a guide that’s easy to digest so you can ensure you're complying with OSHA's training standards.

  • Conduct EHS Inspections and Audits

    Record and manage your organization’s inspection data with IndustrySafe’s Inspections module. IndustrySafe’s pre-built forms and checklists may be used as is, or can be customized to better suit the needs of your organization.

  • Track Key Safety Performance Indicators

    IndustrySafe’s Dashboard Module allows organizations to easily track safety KPIs and metrics. Gain increased visibility into your business’ operations and safety data.

  • Industry Safe
comments powered by Disqus