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Speed Buckle Harnesses Used During Mountain and Rock Climbing Recalled for Fall Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.
Name of Product: Speed Buckle Harnesses
Units:About 18,000
Importer / Distributor:Black Diamond Equipment Ltd., of Salt Lake City, Utah
Hazard:The harness could be threaded incorrectly. If threaded incorrectly, the webbing will easily slip when loaded. Incorrectly threaded buckles can loosen, which could cause climbers to slip out of the harness and fall.
Incidents / Injuries:None reported
Description:hese Speed Buckle Harnesses were sold under the following model names: Gym Speed, Focus Speed, Momentum Speed, Vario Speed and Wiz Kid. The names can be found on a tag sewn inside the waist belt of the harnesses. The harnesses are various colors and were sold individually. Only Black Diamond Equipment Speed Buckle Harnesses with incorrectly threaded buckles are included in this recall.
Sold at:Rock climbing and mountaineering specialty shops nationwide from December 2005 through July 2006 for between $40 and $75.
Manufactured in:Philippines
Remedy:Consumers should immediately stop using recalled harnesses and contact the firm for a free replacement harness.
Consumer Contact:For more information, call Black Diamond Equipment collect at (801) 278-5533 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's Web site at www.blackdiamondequipment.com/about/speed_harness_bulletin.phpor or www.blackdiamondequipment.com/ NEWS from CPSC
U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission
Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207

August 16, 2006
Release #06-234
Firm's Recall Hotline: (801) 278-5533
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908