Avalung Backpacks Recalled for Suffocation Hazard

About 3,500 <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/toxic_substances">Avalung Backpacks have been recalled by Black Diamond Equipment due to suffocation hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC), just announced. The agencies point out that consumers should stop using the recalled Avalung Backpacks immediately and note that it is illegal to resell or to attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

The recalled Avalung Backpacks were manufactured in China and imported and manufactured by Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd. of Salt Lake City, Utah. The air intake tubing can crack under cold temperatures, causing the unit not to function as intended, posing a suffocation hazard. To date, the company has received one report of an air intake tubing cracking. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves the following Black Diamond 2010 Avalung backpacks, which have an air intake system that the company states extracts air from the snow, allowing the victim of an avalanche to breathe while buried under the snow. The model name and color are printed on the side of the backpack. The PO number is printed on a white label inside the backpack:

Backpack Model Anarchist:

• Color: Black; Size: M/L; PO Numbers: 101153, 101254

• Color: Black; Size: S/M; PO Number: 101104

Backpack Model Bandit:

• Color: Black; Size: One Size; PO Numbers: 101052, 100981

• Color: Green Olive; Size: One Size; PO Number: 100957

• Color: Seth Plaid Red; Size: One Size; PO Number 101030

• Color: Seth Plaid Orange; Size: One Size: PO Number 101254

Backpack Model Outlaw:

• Color: Black; Size: M/L; PO Numbers: 101104, 101271, 1012541

• Color: Green Olive; Size: S/M; PO Numbers: 100981, 101052

Backpack Model Agent:

• Color: Black; Size: M/L; PO Numbers: 101104, 101153

• Color: Ocean Print; Size: S/M; PO Number: 101104

Backpack Model Covert:

• Color: Black; Size: M/L; PO Numbers: 101104, 101254, 101330, 101287

• Color: Black; Size: S/M; PO Number: 101030

Backpack Model Revelation:

• Color: Black; Size: M/L; PO Numbers: 101254, 101104, 101287

• Color: Chili; Size: M/L; PO Numbers: 101213, 101254, 101030, 101052

• Color: Chili; Size: S/M; PO Number: 101104

Backpack Model Bandit Avalung Package:

• Color: Black; Size: One Size; PO Numbers: 101322, 101330, 101052

The recalled Avalung Backpacks were sold at specialty outdoor and ski shops nationwide from January 2010 through December 2010 for between $180 and $280.

The CPSC and HC are advising consumers to immediately stop using these recalled backpacks and contact Black Diamond Equipment to receive a free replacement product or a full refund. Black Diamond can be telephoned collect at 1.801.278.5533 anytime or contacted via its website at: www.BlackDiamondEquipment.com/AvaLungRecall.

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