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Avalanche transceivers are being recalled by Black Diamond due to risk of loss of emergency communication

AvalBlack Diamond is recalling about 76,300 avalanche transceivers in the United States and about 21,300 in Canada. Pieps DSP Sport, DSP Pro, and DSP Pro Ice avalanche transceivers were previously recalled on April 12, 2021.

The recalled transceivers may not switch from Send mode into Search mode. If this happens, the device wouldn’t be able to locate a skier in an avalanche, which could result in severe bodily harm or death if the skier is buried under snow.

Black Diamond has received 26 reports of the Search mode on the transceiver not working properly. No injuries have been reported. 

This recall involves the PIEPS Pro BT, Powder BT, DSP Sport, DSP Pro, DSP Pro Ice, Micro BT Button, Micro BT Sensor, and Micro BT Race avalanche transceivers and the Black Diamond branded Recon BT and Guide BT avalanche transceivers. All the transceivers are plastic with an LCD screen. They measure about 5 inches long by 3 inches wide and the colors vary by model.

The transceivers have PIEPS or the Black Diamond logo printed on the front of the unit and the model name printed either on the front or rear of the unit.

The transceivers were sold at Liberty Mountain, REI, and other specialty outdoor stores nationwide and online at www.backcountry.com from January 2013 through April 2022. The cost was between $300 and $450.

To verify that your unit is included in this recall, go to www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en_US/content/beacon-notification/ to verify that the switch can transition from the Send to Search mode properly.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled transceivers and perform a safety check to verify if the device can switch into Search mode by following instructions on this website, the company and U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission advise. If the devices aren’t working properly, contact Black Diamond to receive a prepaid shipping label to return the recalled transceivers for a free repair or a replacement device.

For more information, call Black Diamond at 866-306-0865 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. MT Monday through Friday or visit www.blackdiamondequipment.com/en_US/content/beacon-notification or www.blackdiamondequipment.com and click on “Product Recall” located at the bottom of the webpage.

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