Dive gear BCD valve danger product recall

On May 3, 2011 the Sea Elite Systems Buoyancy Control Devices (BCDs) have been jointly recalled with Edge Dive Gear, Health Canada, and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC).

This recall involves Scout BCDs and Profile BCDs.

The Scout is a jacket-style BCD made of lightweight 240-denier nylon, and has two removable weight pockets and two back-mounted counter weight pockets. The BCD is black with blue accents on the lower sides. The word "Scout" is printed in white letters on the right front, and the name "Sea Elite" is located on a flap over the corrugated hose. Scout BCD's with serial numbers falling in the following ranges are affected: 001229-001244 and 001246-001489. The serial number is printed on a tag located in the front pocket.

The Profile is a jacket-type BCD made of heavyweight nylon, and has two removable weight pockets and two back-mounted counter weight pockets. The BCD is black with blue on lower sides. The word "Profile" is printed in white letters on the right front, and the name "Sea Elite" is located on a flap over the corrugated hose. Profile BCD's with serial numbers falling in the following ranges are affected: 000700-000729, 000733-000763, 000765-000772, 000879, 001490-001560 and 001562-001565. The serial number is printed on a tag located in the front pocket.

What is the danger?

The spring in the over pressure valve (OPV) can corrode and break causing the buoyancy control device not to hold air, thus posing a drowning hazard to consumers.

At time of the recall there have been no reports of incidents or injuries in the United States or Canada.

What should I do?

You should immediately stop using the Buoyancy Control Devices and return them to the Divers Supply Service Center indicated below for a free spring replacement. Alternatively, you may request and install a new OPV spring that would be provided for your existing product.

For additional information, contact Chris Richardson at Edge Dive Gear toll free at 1-800-999-3483, between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT, Monday through Friday, or visit the company website.

For free replacement of the OPV spring, send the affected product to:
Divers Supply Service Center
5208 Mercer University Drive
Macon, Georgia
USA 31210

How many of these were sold and where?

Approximately 48 of the recalled BCDs were sold online in Canada.

In the United States, approximately 405 recalled BCDs were sold at Divers Supply Store locations nationwide and online.

The recalled products were sold from May 2009 to October 2010.

This dive gear was manufactured in China. The distributor is WRK Enterprises dba Edge Dive Gear of Macon, Georgia.

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