CLIMBING -- Some G-FIRST series carabiners made by Omega Pacific are being voluntarily recalled for possible defects that could cause injury or death, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reports today.
"The carabiner can break while in use, posing a risk of injury or death to the user," according to the commission's website, which notes that no incidents or injuries have been reported.
Omega Pacific is based in Airway Heights west of Spokane. The carabiners are sold in a wide range of outlets including automotive stores.
"This recall involves about 1,900 units of six models of Omega Pacific G-FIRST series aluminum carabiners. They are typically used to allow ropes and harnesses to be linked together. 'Omega-17 UL Classified USA' is printed on the front and “Meets NFPA 1983 17ED MBS kN 40 G” statement is located on the back side. The 2-digit lot code “OD” is embedded on the bottom side of the carabiner spine. They were sold individually in silver, black and red colors.
"Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled carabiners and contact Omega Pacific to receive a free replacement or a full refund."
The lot of products was sold at Arizona Hiking Shack, Atlantic Diving Supply, Austin Canoe & Kayak, Columbus Supply, Dvbe Supply, Evac Systems, General Factory/WD Supply, Lafco Outillage, The Rescue Source, Witmer Associates (Firestone) stores nationwide and online at omega.com from February 2017 through October 2017 for between $31 and $51.
Info: Omega Pacific at 800-360-3990 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m., email firstname.lastname@example.org, or online at www.omegapac.com and click on the Voluntary Recall banner.