Dive Computers Recalled Over Drowning Risk

<"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Mares Nemo Air Dive Computers are being recalled by distributor Mares USA, of Boca Raton, Florida, due to drowning hazard, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC) just announced.

About 600 of the Mares Nemo Air Dive Computers are being recalled in the United States, 140 are being recalled in Canada, and 15 are being recalled in Puerto Rico due to drowning risk. An O-ring in the high-pressure air connector can fail and leak air, causing a continuous but slow loss of breathing gas, which could require a diver to surface quickly, posing a drowning hazard to divers. To date, there have been no reports of injuries or incidents.

This recall involves the Mares Nemo Air Dive Computer, Nemo Air Dive Computer with Compass, Mares High Pressure Hose with Quick Connector for Nemo Air, and Quick Connector Assembly for Nemo Air. These computers have a digital screen that allows scuba divers to measure the time and depth of a dive and process other information to help divers determine safe dive times and ascent rates.

Specialty dive shops sold the recalled Mares Nemo Air Dive Computers, which were manufactured in Italy, nationwide from July 2008 through July 2009 for between $800 and $900 (U.S.) and between $880 and $990 (Canadian).

Consumers are urged to immediately stop using the recalled dive computer and connectors, and return the products to their authorized Mares dive shop for a free replacement O-ring connector assembly. The O-rings in some units may already have been replaced, but this recall requires replacing the metal quick connector fitting at the end of the high-pressure air hose that holds the O-ring. Replacement connector assemblies have a groove machined around the middle of the fitting, but recalled units do not. All consumers should take their Nemo Air dive computers to a Mares dive shop to confirm whether this connector fitting has been replaced.

Mares can be reached toll-free at (800) 874-3236 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m. Eastern Time, at the firm’s web site at www.mares.com (this is a PDF file that can be downloaded), or by email at kflood@us.mares.com.

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