CLIMBING ADVISORY 2006-2: Stop use & inspected Ball-Lock carabineers

CLIMBING ADVISORY 2006-2: Stop use & inspected Ball-Lock carabineers

Date Issued:10/19/2006

Stop use until inspected Ball-Lock carabineers product safety bulletin. Source: http://en.petzl.com/petzl/SportNews?News=160

Name of product: Am’D Ball-Lock, William Ball-Lock Clearfield, Utah (October 18, 2006) Petzl America voluntarily announced a recall of Petzl M34 BL Am’D BALL-LOCK and M36 BL WILLIAM BALL-LOCK carabineers with the new metal locking sleeve due to the possibility that the sleeve can be unlocked without pressing the green button, so the locking system acts as a TWIST-LOCK, instead of a BALL-LOCK. Affected units were sold during March and July, 2006. No incidents or injuries have been reported. This information does not apply to the older nylon-sleeve locking system, but only to BALL-LOCK carabineers with the metal locking sleeve manufactured in March and July, 2006. This recall is in effect only in the USA – it does not affect BALL LOCK carabineers sold in other countries (see press release – pdf format, 50 Kb).
If you have a Ball-Lock carabineer with the metal sleeve, check the batch number engraved on the spine of the carabineer. Affected product will display a number between 06076 and 06178. If you have any affected product, you may:
– Inspect it following the simple procedure below, or return it to the place of purchase or to Petzl America for inspection and possible replacement.
– If you do your own inspection, you may return any non-conforming product to the place of purchase or to Petzl America for replacement.
– For assistance in any matter related to this recall, please contact Petzl America at 877 807 3805 or rcl.bl06@petzl.com.BALL-LOCK metal sleeve inspection procedure:
Unlock, open and close the carabineer once as shown in the technical notice:
– Am’D BALL-LOCK technical notice
– WILLIAM BALL-LOCK technical notice
– Grip the spine of the carabineer with your right hand so that your thumb is on the wider end of the carabineer (end opposite the hinge).
– Firmly grip the locking sleeve by wrapping the fingers of your left hand around it.
– Without pressing the green button, twist the sleeve firmly in the direction normally used to unlock the carabineer.
– Inspection results a non-conforming product will unlock easily with a single firm twist. Please do not apply excessive force as a single firm twist is all that is required to unlock a non-conforming product.
– Conforming product will resist a firm twist and remain locked; again, please avoid excessive force.
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