Teufelberger Recalls Rescue Ropes and Throwlines

They are mislabeled as being certified to specific voluntary NFPA safety standards, but they "cannot be relied upon for any purpose, posing fall and injury hazards to users," according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's and the company's recall notices.

Teufelberger, a family-owned business headquartered in Wels, Austria, has recalled static ropes and throwlines because they are mislabeled as being certified to specific voluntary NFPA safety standards, but they "cannot be relied upon for any purpose, posing fall and injury hazards to users," according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission's and the company's recall notices.

This recall involves CMC and New England Ropes brand 7.5 mm and 8 mm static ropes and throwlines used for rescue operations. The recalled models are the CMC Escape Line 5/16"/8mm (orange with yellow tracer), New England Ropes Aramid 7.5mm (tan with black tracer), and New England Ropes KM-III 5/16"/8mm (white with blue tracer). The recalled throwline model is New England Ropes NFPA (yellow with red tracer). Only ropes and throwlines with lot numbers that begin with 160101 through 1609915 are included in the recall. The model name and lot number are printed on the end band label on the rope and on the product's packaging. The ropes and throwlines were sold in lengths ranging from 150 to 2,400 feet.

They were manufactured in the United States and sold at CMC Rescue in Goleta, Calif., Extractor Sled in Escondido, Calif.; Excalibur in Sandy, Utah; Liberty Mountain in Sandy, Utah; Rescue Technology in Carrollton, Ga.; Rock-n-Rescue in Butler, Pa.; Tahoe Sports in South Lake Tahoe, Calif.; and West Marine in Watsonville, Calif., from January 2016 through September 2016 for between $140 and $1,800.

Customers who purchased one of these should stop using it immediately and contact Teufelberger Fiber Rope Corp. of Fall River, Mass., for a free replacement. Call 844-361-7041 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET weekdays or visit www.teufelberger.com and click on the "Static Rope Safety Notice" link for more information.

Announced by the company and CPSC on Jan. 31, the recall was conducted voluntarily by the company under CPSC's Fast Track Recall process. Fast Track recalls are initiated by firms that commit to work with CPSC to quickly announce the recall and remedy to protect consumers.

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