Gov't recalls rock climbing gear for posing a fall hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. (KAIT) - The Consumer Product Safety Commission in cooperation with Petzl America Inc., of Clearfield, Utah has recalled the GRIGRI 2 belay rock climbing device.

According to the CPSC, the GRIGRI 2 belay device is used by rock climbers to control the climber's safety rope during a fall or while being lowered on the rope. The product can become stuck in the open position if too much force is applied. When stuck in the open position, the assisted braking function is disabled, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

Across the United States, 18,000 devices were sold and 2,000 were sold in Canada. The first five digits of the serial numbers of devices affected by this recall range from 10326 to 11136. The serial number is engraved on the body of the product underneath and protected by the folded handle. The belay devices are 4 inches in length and 2 inches in width, and come in grey, blue, and orange colors.

Though no injuries have been reported, seven devices worldwide, including one in the U.S., were returned after the users noticed that the handle could become stuck in the open position.

This product was sold at sports and recreation stores in the U.S. and Canada from February 2011 to June 2011 for about $95.

Consumers should stop use of the affected GRIGRI 2s immediately, and contact Petzl America for a replacement.

For additional information, contact Petzl America at (800) 932-2978 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday or visit http://www.petzl.com/us/outdoor/us/recall-replacement-grigri-2.

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