Carabiner/Quickdraw

Safety Recall Notice

Voluntary Product Recall Of Carabiners and Quickdraws, Subject To Inspection

Product manufactured between December 2014 and January 2016

Salt Lake City, Utah (February 4, 2016) - Black Diamond Equipment, Ltd., in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), voluntarily issued a recall, subject to user inspection, of carabiners/quickdraws because of the possibility of defects in the gate that could cause the carabiner to fail or function incorrectly.

This recall concerns carabiners/quickdraws with manufacturing codes between 4350 and 6018. The complete list of carabiners, quickdraws and harness, belay and rock protection packages concerned by the recall is below.

In some carabiners, the gate rivets (in solid gate carabiners) and wire ends (in wiregate carabiners) attaching the gate to the carabiner body may not be properly manufactured, potentially resulting in the gate becoming detached.

Additionally, in some screwgate carabiners, the locking sleeve may not have been correctly assembled, resulting in a locking carabiner that does not lock properly.

No accidents have been reported; however, in the interest of customer safety, Black Diamond has decided to voluntarily issue a recall, subject to user inspection.

If you own carabiners/quickdraws that fall within the scope of this recall:

  1. Stop use immediately,
  2. Contact Black Diamond (see contact information below).
    • We can inspect your carabiners for you.
    • You may also inspect them yourself by following the procedures below. If they fail inspection, contact Black Diamond and we will replace your carabiners free of charge.

The instructions below will take you through the inspection procedures for the carabiners covered in this recall. We will be asking you to inspect for the following:
- For solid gate carabiners: gates are properly riveted.
- For wiregate carabiners: gate wire ends are properly formed.
- For screwgate locking carabiners: the gates and locking sleeves are assembled correctly and function properly.
- All carabiner gates fully close when released from any position.

Products Included In Recall:

This recall includes the following carabiners in all colors, including those sold as individual carabiners, carabiners in quickdraws and quickdraw packs, and as part of harness, belay and rock protection packages.

Inspection Procedure:

If you own any of the carabiners/quickdraws listed above, please follow this procedure to determine if your carabiner/quickdraws should be returned to Black Diamond.

Manufacturing Code Inspection

The manufacturing code is a four- or five-character number etched on the spine of the carabiner.

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If Manufacturing Code Is Between
4350 AND 6018, or if you can't read or find the code:
Follow Inspection Procedure
Inspect
If manufacturing code is not between 4350 and 6018 or includes an "A"
OK
Do not return to Black Diamond.
OK

Questions? Please consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Inspections

Once you have determined if your carabiner/quickdraw is within the scope of the recall, identify your carabiner type and follow the specific inspection procedures.

Questions? Please consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Wiregate Carabiner Inspection Procedure:

If you own any of the wiregate carabiners listed above, and they are within the manufacturing code range, please follow this procedure to determine if your carabiner should be returned to Black Diamond.

Wiregate Carabiner Inspection

On wiregate carabiners, the wire ends are located where the wiregate attaches to the body of the carabiner.

1. Visually inspect both wiregate ends for a flared wire end. Look carefully at both sides of the carabiner to ensure both wire ends are flared/capped.

2. With your fingers, try to separate the two wires.

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If the wire ends do not have a formed head or you can remove the wire from the body
Do Not Use
Return To Black Diamond
Return
If the wire ends have a formed head and you cannot remove the wire from the body
OK
Do not return to Black Diamond.
OK

Questions? Please consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Solid Gate Carabiner Inspection Procedure:

If you own any of the solid gate carabiners listed above, and they are within the manufacturing code range, please follow this procedure to determine if your carabiner should be returned to Black Diamond.

Positron / Nitron
Oval / Light D
Solid Gate Carabiner Inspection
STEP 1: INSPECT RIVETS

On all solid gate carabiners, a rivet is located at the hinge of the gate assembly. On the Oval Carabiner and Light D Carabiner, there is also a second rivet at the nose end of the gate.

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If Any Of The Rivet Heads Are Flat:
Do Not Use
Return To Black Diamond
Return
If All Rivet Heads Are Rounded
Proceed To Step 2
Solid Gate Carabiner Inspection
STEP 2: INSPECT THE GATE ACTION OF YOUR CARABINER

The gate of your carabiner should fully close when released from any position.

Gently open and close the gate of your carabiner with your thumb several times with pressure from different angles.

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If The Gate Hangs Up On The Nose:
Do Not Use
Return To Black Diamond
Return
If The Gate Opens And Closes Freely:
OK
Do not return to Black Diamond.
OK

Questions? Please consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

SCREWGATE LOCKING CARABINER INSPECTION PROCEDURE:

If you own any of the screwgate locking carabiners listed above, and they are within the manufacturing code range, please follow this procedure to determine if your carabiner should be returned to Black Diamond.

Screwgate Locking Carabiner

On screwgate locking carabiners, a rivet is located at the hinge of the gate assembly, and the locking mechanism consists of a locking sleeve and two stopper rings on the gate.

Perform the following five inspection steps to determine if your carabiner should be returned to Black Diamond.

INSPECTION STEP 1:

Visually inspect the gate rivet for two rounded rivet heads. Look carefully at both sides of the carabiner to ensure both ends of the rivet are rounded.

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IF ANY OF THE RIVET HEADS ARE FLAT:
Do Not Use
Return To Black Diamond
Return
IF ALL RIVET HEADS ARE ROUNDED
Proceed To Step 2

Questions? Please consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Screwgate Locking Carabiner
INSPECTION STEP 2:

Gently open and close the gate of your carabiner with your thumb several times with pressure from different angles.

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If The Gate Hangs Up On The Nose:
Do Not Use
Return To Black Diamond
Return
If The Gate Opens And Closes Freely:
Proceed To Step 3

Questions? Please consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Screwgate Locking Carabiner
INSPECTION STEP 3:

Visually inspect the locking sleeve. The sleeve should be oriented so that the tapered end points toward the hinge end of the gate.

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Locking Sleeve Oriented Incorrectly
Do Not Use
Return To Black Diamond
Return
Locking Sleeve Is Oriented Correctly
Proceed To Step 4

Questions? Please consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Screwgate Locking Carabiner
Inspection Step 4:

Visually inspect the position of the stopper rings. Look carefully to see that there is one stopper ring at each end of the locking sleeve, making a total of two stopper rings and that each stopper ring is tightly seated.

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IF THERE ARE NOT THE CORRECT NUMBER OF STOPPER RINGS OR THEY ARE IMPROPERLY SEATED
Do Not Use
Return To Black Diamond
Return
Both Stopper Rings Are Tightly Seated
Proceed To Step 5

Questions? Please consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Screwgate Locking Carabiner
INSPECTION STEP 5:

Visually inspect the position of the locking sleeve in the ‘locked’ position. The sleeve should cover at least as much of the nose as shown below.

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LOCKING SLEEVE INADEQUATELY COVERS NOSE
Do Not Use
Return To Black Diamond
Return
LOCKING SLEEVE ADEQUATELY COVERS NOSE
OK
Do not return to Black Diamond.
OK

Questions? Please consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

Return Procedure:

If any of your carabiners/quickdraws failed the inspection procedures above and are defective, please follow the steps below to return them to Black Diamond and receive replacements.

  1. Immediately stop using your carabiners/quickdraws.
  2. Click here to submit a recall request.
  3. Take note of your recall case number. A Black Diamond warranty representative will respond with the following information within two business days:
    • A return authorization number
    • An address for return
    • A free shipping label
  4. Return the carabiner(s)/quickdraw(s) to Black Diamond.
  5. Black Diamond will send you replacement carabiner(s)/quickdraw(s).

Questions? Please consult the Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ)

RECALL DETAILS | FAQ | carabinerrecall@bdel.com | 800-775-5552

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