ATTENTION: 20,000 Avalanche Transceivers Recalled Due to Loss of Emergency Communications Capability

ATTENTION: 20,000 Avalanche Transceivers Recalled Due to Loss of Emergency Communications Capability

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ATTENTION: 20,000 Avalanche Transceivers Recalled Due to Loss of Emergency Communications Capability

ORTOVOX Recalls Avalanche Transceivers Due to Loss of Emergency Communications Capability

Consumer Contact: ORTOVOX toll-free at 877-384-9252 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Thursday, email at ortovox.warranty@deuterusa.com or online at www.ortovox.com and click on RECALL 3+ for more information.
Hazard: The transceiver can fail to work properly due to a software error and fail to transmit the position of survivors of an avalanche, resulting in delayed search and rescue operations.
Remedy: Repair

Recall Summary

Name of Product: Avalanche transceivers 

Hazard: The transceiver can fail to work properly due to a software error and fail to transmit the position of survivors of an avalanche, resulting in delayed search and rescue operations.

Recall Details

Units: About 20,000 (In addition, about 7,000 were sold in Canada)

Description:

This recall involves Ortovox avalanche transceivers, model numbers 1137000006, 1137000001 and 1137000002. They were sold in black/blue (model number 1137000006), black/black (model number 1137000001) and neon green (model number 1137000002). The transceiver is used as a beacon to locate an individual in the event of avalanche burial. ORTOVOX and 3+ are printed on the top of the device. In the open/receive position, the top half of the transceiver displays a blue screen with green border that displays an image and distance reading of the buried individual. The transceivers measure about 5 inches long by 3 inches wide by 1 inch thick in the closed/transmit position. All transceivers manufactured from 2010 through 2018 are included in the recall. The manufacture date is printed inside the battery door on the back of the transceiver with a roman numeral representing the quarter of the year and a two digit number referring to the year. For example, a manufacture date of IV/17 represents the fourth quarter. The year of manufacture is five years earlier. In this case, the transceiver was manufactured in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Sold At: Outdoor specialty stores, ski shops nationwide and direct to avalanche professionals, search and rescue personnel and mountain guides from July 2010 through April 2018 for about $350.

Importer: Deuter USA, of Longmont, Colo.

Distributor: Ortovox, of Germany

Manufactured in: Germany

In Conjunction With: Canada

Health Canada’s press release is available at: http://healthycanadians.gc.ca/recall-alert-rappel-avis/hc-sc/2018/67120r-eng.php

This recall was conducted, voluntarily by the company, under CPSC’s Fast Track Recall process. Fast Track recalls are initiated by firms, who commit to work with CPSC to quickly announce the recall and remedy to protect consumers. 

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