CPSC Product Recall: Petzel America Recalls Lanyards for Fall Hazards

07/12/2011 // WPB, FL, USA // Personal Injury Lawyers News // Nicole Howley

Clearfield, UT — Fall hazards have prompted a nationwide, voluntary product recall of Scorpio and Absorbica Shock Absorbing Lanyards by Petzl America Inc., and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The product recall was announced on July 12, 2011.

The product recall was issued after it was brought to attention that some lanyards are missing a safety stitch on the attachment loops, which can lead the lanyard to detach from the climbing harness, which poses a fall hazard to the consumer.

The CPSC reported that the recall affects all Scorpio and Absorbica lanyards manufactured before May 2011, which include:

• Scorpio: Affected Scorpio lanyards manufactured between 2002 and 2005 are model numbers L60 and L60 CK. These are yellow and blue, Y-shaped lanyards with yellow stitching on both ends. They are connected by a metal O-ring to one end of a blue pouch which contains the tear-webbing shock absorber. The pouch has a tag on it with the word “PETZL” in white letters. The other end of the blue pouch has a blue and yellow webbing attachment loop that connects to the climbing harness. Affected Scorpio lanyards manufactured between 2005 and 2011 are model numbers L60 2, L60 2CK, L60 H, L60 WL. These are red, Y-shaped lanyards connected by a black metal O-ring to one end of a gray zippered pouch which contains the tear-webbing shock absorber. The other end of the pouch has a black webbing attachment loop that connects to the climber’s harness.

• Absorbica: Absorbica comes in several models with varying lanyard configurations and several different connector options. Affected model numbers are L70150 I, L70150 IM, L70150 Y, L70150 YM, L57, L58, L58 MGO, L59, and L59 MGO. The lanyards have a black zippered pouch with yellow trim and the Petzl logo on the side. All have a common tear-webbing shock absorber accessible through the zippered pouch. This zippered pouch has a connector attachment on one end. The other end can have a connector attachment, a single lanyard or a Y-shaped lanyard. All lanyard options are constructed of black nylon webbing or rope and have either a connector attachment point or a snap hook connector sewn directly to the lanyard.

Consumers have been advised to contact Petzl America Inc. for a free inspection and replacement.

For more information concerning the product recall, consumers can contact Petzl America Inc. at (877) 740-3826 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT, Monday through Friday or visit www.petzl.com.

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