|FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE|
May 3, 2001
Release # 01-141
Scuba Recall Hotline: (800) 808-3306 |
CPSC Consumer Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: Mark Ross, (301) 504-7076
CPSC, Sheico PKS Inc. Announce Recall of Scuba Buoyancy Compensator
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety
Commission (CPSC), Sheico PKS Inc., of Carlsbad, Calif., is voluntarily
recalling about 10,000 scuba buoyancy compensator devices (BCDs), which
are used by divers to maintain neutral buoyancy. The overpressure valve
can stick in the open position, presenting a drowning hazard to divers.
Sheico has received one report of a valve sticking open. No injuries
have been reported.
The recalled buoyancy compensators were sold under the following brand
and model names:
|Brand Name||Model Names||Serial Numbers|
|Sherwood||Silhouette, Magnum, Avid, Luna, Outback and Freedom ||Between 21280001 and 22010740|
|Genesis||Cayman, Cobra, Athena, and Phantom|
Talon and ReCon
|Between 21280001 and 22010740
Between 20520001 and 22010740
The brand name can be found on the right, outside pocket of the jacket;
the model name can be found inside the jacket, near the small of the
back; and the serial number can be found on the aircell of the buoyancy
Dive stores and mail-order catalogues nationwide sold the BCDs from
September 2000 through March 2001 for between $150 and $450.
Consumers should stop using the BCDs immediately and return them to the
dive store where purchased for a free replacement. For more
information, call Sheico toll-free at (800) 808-3306 between 9 a.m. and
5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Consumers can also visit
one of the following websites: www.sherwoodscuba.com/opv,
www.genesisscuba.com/opv, or www.diveaeris.com.