Defective Product News: Mares Nemo Air Dive Computers recalled

Legal News for Product Liability Attorneys. Mares USA has recalled Nemo Air Dive Computers to protect consumers from a potential drowning hazard.

Product liability lawyer alert- CPSC, Health Canada, Mares USA announced product safety recall of hazardous dive computers.

Boca Raton, FL—Mares USA, in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) http://www.cpsc.gov and Health Canada (HC) http://www.hc-sc.gc.ca, has voluntarily recalled Mares Nemo Air Dive Computers because they may pose a potential drowning hazard to consumers. The CPSC announced the product safety recall on Wednesday, April 14, 2010.

Although no adverse incidents or injuries have been reported to Boca Raton, Florida-based Mares USA, according to the CPSC press release, “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.” Approximately 600 dive computers were affected by the recall in the United States, while about 140 were recalled in Canada and another 15 in Puerto Rico. The hazardous dive computers were manufactured in Italy.

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 were all affected by the product safety recall. The dive computers reportedly provided consumers with time and depth measurements, as well as other data, used in helping divers establish “safe dive times and ascent rates”.

The recalled Mares Nemo Air Dive Computers were sold in specialty dive retail shops between July 2008 and July 2009. Their prices ranged from $800 to $900 (U.S. dollars) and $880 to $990 (Canadian dollars).

Consumers have been urged to stop using the dive computers immediately and return them to a Mares dive shop to receive a complimentary replacement O-ring connector assembly. The CPSC also noted that while certain dive computers are already equipped with the replacement O-rings, “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.” Mares may be contacted at (800) 874-3236 from 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET or on the company’s Web site at www.Mares.com for more information regarding the defective dive computers.

Legal News Reporter: Sandra Quinlan- Legal News for Product Liability Lawyers.

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