Two Firms Recall Buoyancy Control Devices

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada (HC) just announced two separate recalls of <"http://www.yourlawyer.com/practice_areas/product_liability">Buoyancy Control Devices (BCDs). The agencies advise consumers to stop using the recalled BCDs immediately and advise consumers that it is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

The recalled BCDs were manufactured in China and were imported by WRK Enterprises doing business as (dba) Edge Dive Gear of Macon, Georgia. The spring in the over pressure valve can corrode and break preventing the BCD from retaining air, posing a drowning hazard to consumers. To date, no incidents or injuries have been reported in connection with these recalled BCDs.

Consumers should return the defective BCDs an authorized Edge dealer for a free spring replacement at no charge. The firm can be reached at 1.888.370.3483 between 9:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m., Eastern Time, Monday through Friday (Chris Richardson), or at the firm’s website at www.edge-gear.com.

Edge and HOG (Highly Optimized Gear) Buoyancy Control Devices (BCD)
About 750 of these devices have been recalled in the U.S.; 20 have been recalled in Canada. The recalled BCDs were sold at authorized Edge and HOG dealers nationwide, and in Canada from May 2009 through October 2010 for $199 to $250. This recall affects Edge Freedom and Stealth models, and the HOG 32lb Wing model:

• The Freedom: A jacket-style BCD made of heavyweight nylon that is black and has a blue arch on the lower-right side. The word “Freedom” is printed in white letters on the right front and the word “Edge” is located on a flap over the corrugated hose. Freedom BCDs with the following serial numbers are affected. The serial number is printed on a tag that is located in the front right zipper pocket: 000524 to 000551, 000553 to 000554, 000773, 000775 to 000873, 000881 to 000890, 000892 to 000911, 000913 to 001001, 001003 to 001022, 001024 to 001103, 001106, 001125 to 001149, 001151 to 001160, 001162 to 001186, 001188 to 001228

• The Stealth is a back flotation-style BCD made of heavyweight nylon that is black and gray with the word “Stealth” printed in white letters on the right-hand strap and the word “Edge” on a flap over the corrugated hose. Stealth BCDs with serial numbers 000658 to 000697 are affected. The serial number is printed on a tag that is located in a small zippered pocket under the left weight pocket.

• The HOG 32lb Wing is an oval-shaped, donut-style BCD made of heavyweight black nylon and is designed for single-cylinder diving with a back plate or soft pack harness system. The HOG logo, a picture of a wild boar with the words “Highly Optimized Gear,” and “HOG” within an oval, are on the device’s top strap. HOG 32lb Wing BCDs with serial numbers 9042101 to 9042128 are affected; the serial number is inside a zippered compartment on a tag attached to the inner bladder of the wing.

Sea Elite Systems Buoyancy Control Devices (BCD)
This recall affects Sea Elite Scout and Profile model BCDs, described below, which were sold at Divers Supply Store locations nationwide and online at www.divers-supply.com in Canada from May 2009 through October 2010 for about $199 to $250. About 405 have been recalled in the U.S.; 48 have been recalled in Canada:

• The Scout is a jacket-style foldable BCD made of lightweight nylon that is black with blue accents on the lower sides. The word “Scout” is printed in white letters on the right front and the words “Sea Elite” are on a flap over the corrugated hose. Scout BCDs in the following serial number ranges are affected: 001229 to 001244 and 001246 to 001489. The number is on a tag in the front pocket.

• The Profile is a jacket-style BCD made of heavyweight nylon and is black with blue on the lower sides. The word “Profile” is printed in white letters on the right front and the words “Sea Elite” are on a flap over the corrugated hose. Profile BCDs with the following serial numbers are affected by this recall; the serial number is printed on a tag in the front pocket: 000700 to 000729, 000733 to 000763, 000765 to 000772, 000879, 001490 to 001560, and 001562 to 001565.

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