Diving drown danger DUI weight failure

On July 12, 2011 the DUI Weight & Trim System Classic and DUI Weight & Trim System II has been jointly recalled with Health Canada, the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) and DUI (Diving Unlimited International) Inc.

The weight harnesses are made of heavyweight nylon and are black in color with gray handles. The DUI logo appears on the pockets and/or pockets. The Weight & Trim System Classic has two small weight pockets on each side. The Weight & Trim System II has one large weight pocket on each side.

Systems with large silver stripes on the sides have been inspected or repaired and are not affected by this recall.

What is the danger?

Manufacturing defects in the lanyard connecting the handle to the pocket or the cable securing the pocket to the harness can prevent the weight pockets from easily detaching from the harness to release the weights when the handle is pulled, posing a drowning hazard to consumers.

At time of the recall Health Canada and the CPSC have not received any reports of injuries or incidents related to the use of these DUI Weight & Trim Systems.

What should I do?

Consumers should immediately stop using the systems and contact Diving Unlimited International Inc. to receive a free repair of the system.

For more information, you may contact Diving Unlimited International Inc. Customer Service between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday at 1-800-325-8439, email at moc.enilnO-IUD|ecivreSremotsuC#moc.enilnO-IUD|ecivreSremotsuC to or visit the firm's website.

How many were sold and where?

Approximately 46 units of the recalled products were sold at diving equipment retailers across Canada.

Approximately 1,454 units of the recalled products were sold at diving equipment retailers in the United States.

These recalled products were sold from July 2010 to April 2011 in both Canada and the United States.

The units were manufactured in China. The importer is Diving Unlimited International Inc. of San Diego, California.

Insurance Answer

When a company manufactures, distributes or retails a product then there will always be requirements that you meet certain quality control. Unfortunately the safety measures that are in place in Canada and the United States are not the same when a product is made outside of these countries.

Product recall insurance is an important part of a business insurance policy if you sell products to the public, particularly when a product is aimed at a higher risk type of product. The quality and control must be of the highest standard when failure to do so can result in death. Your duty of care to a consumer will be considered in a courtroom and part of a lawsuit for negligence.

Be sure that you have discussed your operation fully with your commercial insurance agent or broker. Turners Tips always recommends that you take control of your insurance by seeking expert advice.