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Recall of the Week: Scorpio and Absorbica Shock Absorbing Lanyards

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By Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

Petzl America Inc. is recalling about 375,000 Scorpio and Absorbica Shock Absorbing Lanyards for climbing harnesses.

Some lanyards are missing a safety stitch on the attachment loop, which can cause the lanyard to disconnect from the climbing harness, posing a fall hazard to consumers, Petzl America and the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission said in a joint statement. No incidents or injuries have been reported in the United States. One fall injury occurred in France.

11276a[1] The recall affects all Scorpio and Absorbica lanyards manufactured before May 2011.

The Scorpio lanyards manufactured between 2002 and 2005 are model numbers L60 and L60 CK. They’re yellow and blue, Y-shaped lanyards with yellow stitching on both ends. They’re connected by a metal O-ring to one end of a blue pouch, which contains the tear-webbing shock absorber. The pouch has a tag on it with the word "PETZL" in white letters. The other end of the blue pouch has a blue-and-yellow webbing attachment loop that connects to the climbing harness.

The Scorpio lanyards manufactured between 2005 and 2011 are model numbers L60 2, L60 2CK, L60 H, and L60 WL. These are red, Y-shaped lanyards connected by a black metal O-ring to one end of a grey zippered pouch which contains the tear-webbing shock absorber. The other end of the pouch has a black webbing attachment loop that connects to the climber's harness.

11276b[1] The Absorbica comes in several models with varying lanyard configurations and several different connector options. The model numbers are L70150 I, L70150 IM, L70150 Y, L70150 YM, L57, L58, L58 MGO, L59, and L59 MGO. The lanyards have a black zippered pouch with yellow trim and the Petzl logo on the side. All have a common tear-webbing shock absorber accessible through the zippered pouch. This zippered pouch has a connector attachment on one end. The other end can have a connector attachment, a single lanyard or a Y-shaped lanyard. All lanyard options are constructed of black nylon webbing or rope and have either a connector attachment point or a snap hook connector sewn directly to the lanyard.

Manufactured in France, the lanyards were sold at authorized Petzl dealers nationwide and in Canada from January 2002 through May 2011 for $75 to $220.

Consumers should immediately stop using the lanyards and contact Petzl America Inc. for a free inspection and replacement of any non-conforming products, the company and commission advise.

For additional information, contact Petzl America Inc. at 877-740-3826 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT, Monday through Friday or visit the firm's website at www.petzl.com.

For details on other recalls, see www.recalls.gov.

Copyright 2011, Rita R. Robison, Consumer Specialist

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