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Nicros at Outdoor Retailer

August 4th, 2014

Nicros will be Exhibiting at ORSM 2014 in Salt Lake City, UT

August 1, 2014

We’re excited to announce that we will be exhibiting at the Outdoor Retailer show at booth #3037. Check out OR details here.

Please join us at ORSM
August 6-9th | Salt Lake City, UT

See all exhibitors and floor plan here: OutdoorRetailer.com

Visit Nicros’ booth at the OR and see our systems training set and NEW volumes!

Nicros Receives Patent for an Auto Belay Safety System™

May 27th, 2013

Saint Paul, MN – May 27, 2013 – Nicros is proud to receive a patent on the new Auto Belay Safety System™ (A.B.S.S.™ – Patent Number 8,408,360). This important device provides climbers, climbing wall owners and climbing wall operators a warning for users forgetting to attach to the Auto Belay devices on a climbing wall.

This innovative product uses sensors to determine if a climber is on the wall climbing and has forgotten to “clip in”. In the event this occurs, an audible alarm will sound and a light will change color alerting the climber as well as facility staff that an unsafe condition may be present. This ability to provide an advance warning to climbers and staff is crucial in helping to reduce accidents and can also be used as a proximity device for climbing walls that are closed to users.

Nicros has been on the forefront of climbing wall innovation for many years, receiving patents including Extreme Hold Technology™ (Patent Number 7,524,269) and FrameFree™ Technology (Patent Number 7,572,207 B2). These patents along with several other innovations since the start of business in 1992, such as Diff-Tex™ holds, Versa-Center™ sleeves, and A.R.T. Wall™ makes it clear that Nicros is an important leader in the sport climbing industry.

For additional information and specifications on the Auto Belay Safety System™ (A.B.S.S. ™), please contact a Nicros sales representative at 800-699-1975.

Nicros, Inc.
845 Phalen Blvd.
St. Paul, MN 55106
(651) 778-1975

Contact:
Michael Moore, Sales
Michael@nicros.com

2013 Climbing Wall Summit

April 29th, 2013

Nicros is Lead Sponsor at the 2013 Climbing Wall Summit

April 29th, 2013

We’re excited to announce that we have partnered with the Climbing Wall Association as a Lead Sponsor for the 2013 Climbing Wall Summit.  Check out the Summit here.

Please join us at the Climbing Wall Summit
May 30th- June 1st, 2013 in Boulder, Colorado USA

Join us for certifications, trainings, workshops, and world-class climbing.  It is the critical event for industry professionals. As a sponsor and exhibitor, we hope to see you there!

Also, stop by our presentation on our Extreme Hold TechnologyTM, Why You Need a Volume. The presentation will be given by Michael Moore and will take place Saturday, 1:00PM in Room 245.

Beta + Registration can be found at: ClimbingWallSummit.org

Visit Nicros’ booth at the CWA Summit and see our newest urethane holds and Volumes!

Wild Country Voluntary Recall Notice – Helium Carabiner

December 11th, 2012

Posted: December 11, 2012

Wild Country has issued a voluntary recall for Wild Country Helium Carabiner and Quickdraws.

Notice from the Manufacturer
VOLUNTARY RECALL NOTICE – WILD COUNTRY HELIUM KARABINER AND QUICKDRAWS – December 2012

For the safety of all of our customers we are issuing an immediate recall of certain batches of the Wild Country
Helium karabiner and Helium quickdraws made with these karabiners. It has been established that all of
the affected karabiners were delivered after July 15th 2012.

If you own a Wild Country Helium karabiner or Helium quickdraw that was purchased after the 15th July 2012
please read this notice carefully and follow the instructions “How to Identify the Product” so that you can
identify whether your product is from one of the affected batches.

Reason for the recall:
The Helium karabiner is one of the lightest full size karabiners in the world, featuring the Wild Country patented
“clean-wire” snag free nose and exhibiting an extremely high gate open strength. The Helium karabiner has
been manufactured in the UK since 2004.

Upon receipt of the latest delivery at Wild Country we identified anomalies with the ‘Major Axis Gate Closed
Tensile Test’ results. An immediate investigation together with our long term manufacturing partner revealed
a series of issues with the manufacturing process that could lead to problems in the forging of the nose of the
karabiner. In those karabiners affected by the problem the gate may not engage properly with the nose causing
the gate to slip off the nose under load and thereby significantly reducing the strength of the karabiner.
As we cannot guarantee that the karabiners with the identified batch codes meet the European Standard for
karabiners (EN12275) we are issuing an immediate notice to recall. We apologise for the inconvenience this
may cause and thank you in advance for your cooperation in helping us to recover as many of the identified
karabiners as possible.

Our first priority is the safety of our climbing and mountaineering colleagues and customers, therefore we
have taken the decision to recall the Helium karabiners with the identified batch codes. We apologise for the
inconvenience this may cause and thank you in advance for your cooperation in helping us to recover as many
of the affected karabiners as possible.

How to identify the product:
The product affected is the Helium karabiner with any of the following batch codes;
MAG-T2, MMF-T2, MAH-T2, MAJ-T2, MAK-T2, MMG-T2, MMH-T2, MMJ-T2, MMK-T2.

For additional information, visit their website: http://www.wildcountry.co.uk/products/product-recalls/helium-karabiner-recall-issued-10-dec-2012/

Downloads
Wild Country Helium Voluntary Recall Notice 10_12_2012
(December 10, 2012)

Wild Country Helium Recall FAQs 10_12_2012 (December 10, 2012)

Paul Robinson Visits Minnesota

May 3rd, 2012

On April 30, Paul Robinson came into town to shape a few sets for Nicros 2013 line. Paul was fresh off his trip to Font so most of the shapes are inspired by the time he spent in the woods at font.  We also got a chance to get out and check out the local bouldering area (Taylor’s Falls) and Paul was able to flash the Cave Traverse (V8), Climb Oxygen Cocktail (v9), and the local test piece Left Of Lloyds (v11). Join us on Facebook to see the video of his trip to the Midwest.

Paul Robinson was in town shaping sets for Nicros' 2013 line

Nicros to Attend 2012 Climbing Wall Summit

April 12th, 2012

Please join us at the Climbing Wall Summit
May 16-20, 2012 in Boulder, Colorado USA

It is the critical event for industry professionals. As a sponsor and exhibitor, we hope to see you there!

At the 6th annual Summit:

  • Workshops on managing climbing facilities
  • Staff training + professional development
  • 24 sessions by industry leaders
  • Innovative business models + tactics
  • Discuss current industry trends
  • Network with colleagues
  • Come visit with us
  •  

April 13: Regular registration deadline
April 27: Late registration deadline

Beta + Registration can be found at: ClimbingWallSummit.org

Visit Nicros’ booth at the CWA Summit and see our new Urethane holds!

New Holds from Nicros

February 15th, 2012

Nicros just added seven new urethane handhold sets and two new volumes to its product line. The hold sets include three additions to the signature series which are sets shaped by Nicros athletes. These new holds include two sets shaped by Jon Cardwell and one set from Alex Johnson. To learn more about all of Nicros’ athletes visit our Shapers page.

Other new sets are variations of some of last years favorites such as the ball slopers and wrinkled pockets. The seven new handhold sets are all made in urethane and the two new volumes are made with Nicros’ patented Extreme Hold Thechnology™.

Visit the New Products section or click the individual links below to view full information about each new product.

Pentagon Volume
Rail Volume
A.J. 1 (Alex Jonhson Signature Series)
J.C. 1 (Jon Cardwell Signature Series)
J.C. 2 (Jon Cardwell Signature Series)
Diff-Tex™ Mini Jugs
Dot Slopers
El Grande Ball Slopers
Wrinkled Pockets 2

 

 

VE-Minneapolis’ Grand Opening & Pro Climber Alex Johnson

November 17th, 2011

The Nicros crew worked long and hard building the new Vertical Endeavors Climbing Facility in Minneapolis, MN. Vertical Endeavors–Minneapolis celebrated its opening on Saturday, November 17, 2011, with a Grand Opening Event. VE-Minneapolis is the 4th VE climbing facility in the Midwest. The new facility, located on 26th and Nicollet Avenue, is contained within a 10,500 square foot space. Vertical Endeavors – Minneapolis is a full service state-of-the-art climbing facility with every amenity.

The Grand Opening Event was a huge success, drawing in more than 2,500 people throughout the day. There was live music, a raffle fundraiser, food and drinks, and climbing.

The facility includes:
• Approximately 25,000 sq. ft. of climbing walls
• 50-60 foot tall climbing walls
• Lead climbing, bouldering, top-roping, and Auto Belays

Visit the Vertical Endeavors website for more information: www.verticalendeavors.com

Nicros athlete Alex Johnson made an appearance and spent the entire day at the event! She signed posters, showed off some of her climbing skills on the wave wall, raffled off items throughout the day, and chatted with fellow climbers and fans.

Check it out:

 

Additional Vertical Endeavors-Minneapolis facility shots from the week before:

Construction Update on VE – Minneapolis

July 26th, 2011

The Nicros crew has been hard at work building a new climbing gym in Minneapolis. Vertical Endeavors – Minneapolis will be the 4th VE climbing facility in the Midwest. The new gym, located on 26th St. and Nicollet Ave. will be contained within a 10,500 square foot  space. Vertical Endeavors – Minneapolis will be a full service state-of-the-art climbing facility with every amenity.

The facility will include:
• Approximately 25,000 sq. ft. of climbing walls
• 50-60 foot climbing walls
• Lead climbing, bouldering, top-roping, and Auto Belays
• Birthday party rooms
• Showers
• Lockers
• Year-round climate control

Check out the construction progress.

VE Minneapolis 7.26.11

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Recall of Petzl GRIGRI 2

June 20th, 2011


Concerns all GRIGRI 2′s (D14 2O, D14 2G, D14 2B) with the first five digits of the serial number between 10326 and 11136.

June 20, 2011

GRIGRI 2 RecallPetzl has discovered that exerting excessive force on the fully extended handle of the GRIGRI 2 can cause internal damage, such that the GRIGRI 2 handle may become stuck in the open position, as pictured in Figure 1.

When the handle is stuck in the position shown in Figure 1, the assisted braking function is disabled. A damaged GRIGRI 2 in this configuration will function similarly to a manual belay device (e.g. tube-style device).
When using a damaged GRIGRI 2 with the handle stuck in the open position, failure to control the braking side of the rope will dramatically increase the risk of an uncontrolled descent, possibly resulting in injury or death.

A GRIGRI 2 with a damaged handle must be immediately retired from service.

Please note that failure to control the braking side of the rope is a misuse of the GRIGRI 2 under any circumstance (See the GRIGRI 2 Technical Notice – pdf file, 2.5Mo).

As of June 20, 2011, seven damaged GRIGRI 2 units have been returned to Petzl through our worldwide distribution network. Petzl has no knowledge of any accidents resulting from a damaged GRIGRI 2 handle.

Petzl Response

Because the safety of our users is our primary concern, as a precautionary measure Petzl has decided to take the following actions:

  • Ask users to immediately stop using all GRIGRI 2′s with the first five digits of the serial number between 10326 and 11136.
  • Recall all affected GRIGRI 2′s and replace with new, revised versions.
  • Petzl will pay for all shipping costs to complete this replacement.
  • Increase the mechanical strength of the handle on all GRIGRI 2′s from serial number 11137 onward.
  • Begin shipping replacement GRIGRI 2′s immediately. Users will receive replacements in the same order they return their old units to Petzl.

Every one of us here at Petzl is committed to resolving this issue as quickly and efficiently as possible. Thank you for your coopoeration and support.

If you have a GRIGRI 2 (D14 2O, D14 2G, D14 2B) with the first five digits of the serial number between 10326 and 11136, stop use immediately and contact Petzl America to initiate an exchange.
Contact Petzl America in one of two ways:
- By phone: 1 (800) 932-2978 (toll free)
- By email: grigri2recall@petzl.com
Petzl will pay all shipping costs associated with this exchange

For more information or to find out how how to initiate an exchange visit Petzl.

*Note: The previous generation GRIGRI is NOT affected by this recall.

Counterfeit Petzl Product

June 16th, 2011


June 16, 2011

On February 16, 2011- Petzl has discovered counterfeit versions of four products: Croll ascender (B16), Attache locking carabiner (M35SL), Ascension ascender (B17R), and the Rescue pulley (P50). Counterfeit products pose a significant safety risk because they do not meet Petzl,  UIAA or CE standards. To determine if a product is counterfeit and for more information visit Petzl.

CAMP Recalls Carabiners and Quickdraws

June 16th, 2011


June 16, 2011

This spring CAMP has voluntarily recalled Photon carabiners, and Photon and Mach Express quickdraws. No injuries have been reported, but the carabiner gate may open under a heavy load. CAMP reports updating its dies to remedy the flaw and is testing pre-production samples before reengaging production.

Contact CAMP at 1.877.421.CAMP or climbing@camp-usa.com to return your Photon carabiner based products for a full refund. Read the official Recall Notice.

Construction of Vertical Endeavors Mpls. begins!

March 2nd, 2011

Nicros begins construction of  Vertical Endeavors’ new 25,000 square foot climbing facility in Minneapolis, MN.

DMM Recall on Dragon Camming Device

February 23rd, 2011

[On February 15, 2011] DMM received information from a U.S retailer regarding size 5 (Blue) Dragon Cams. They have found cracks on the aluminium axle boss on 2 of the Dragon Cam size 5s they have in stock. This boss is a turned part similar to the original Dragon 6 that [DMM] recalled on the 22nd July 2010.
For the safety of all of [DMM] customers [DMM is] issuing an immediate recall for all Dragon Cams size 4 and 5 with turned axle bosses . At present there is no evidence that suggests the size 4 Dragon Cams are affected. However, [DMM] feel it appropriate to include them in the recall due to similarities in construction.

What you should do
If in possession of a cam [see photos here], please discontinue use immediately and follow the steps below:
1. Print out this form.
2. Fill in the form.
3. Both the form and the Dragon Cams need to be sent together to [DMM] at the DMM address on the form. There are 3 ways of doing this:

-Directly to [DMM];

-back to the retailer where the Dragon cam was purchased;

-or to your national distributor

If you are a retailer or distributor, please quarantine all affected stock immediately and follow your standard returns procedure.

What [DMM] will do

- [DMM] promise to deal with the situation as quickly and efficiently as we can.

- All units will be reassembled with a new hot forged aluminium axle boss and returned to you.

[DMM's] first and foremost priority is the safety of the climbing community. [DMM] apologise for any inconvenience caused and thank you for your continued understanding and support.

More information will follow after further investigation.

-The DMM team

For more information, visit the DMM website: DMM Recall

MSA Service and Replacement Line Refund Announced

March 15th, 2010


March 15 , 2010

Boulder, CO

MSA, manufacturer of Redpoint and Auto-Belay Descenders, issued a refund notice on January 8, 2010. MSA is offering an additional pro-rated refund of the service costs for service performed by MSA or an authorized MSA dealer on Redpoint and affected Auto-Belay Descenders.

The service refund applies to service work performed between 7/15/09 and 10/14/09. The refund schedule is posted on the MSA web site. MSA is also offering a refund on replacement line kits that have not been used.

The return shipping is free of charge when the shipping procedure outlined in the notice is followed. Refunds will be pro-rated based upon “date of last service.” The reimbursement program is described fully in MSA’s notice, which you can find HERE (pdf). The notice also includes instructions and forms for return of the unused kits.

If you have any questions about this recall and reimbursement program, please contact MSA Customer Service in North America at 1-866-MSA-0005 or your nearest MSA affiliate.

MSA product safety notices are posted HERE.

END

About the Climbing Wall Association, Inc. (CWA). The CWA is a 501(c)(06), non-profit, industry trade association incorporated in May of 2003 for manufacturers of climbing wall equipment, builders of climbing walls, operators of climbing walls, and others involved in the climbing industry.

The CWA is the only trade association addressing the needs and interests of the climbing wall industry and climbing wall operators. The mission of the Climbing Wall Association is to support the development of the climbing wall industry, to promote the sport of climbing, and to advocate for the interests of our members.

Together we’re stronger.

Climbing Wall Association, Inc.
William Zimmermann
Executive Director
email: bill@climbingwallindustry.org
phone: 720.838.8284

MSA Auto Belay STOP USE NOTICE UPDATE

December 18th, 2009


December 18 , 2009

Dear Valued Nicros Customer,

As many of you are aware, the climbing industry is currently experiencing a rather unfortunate situation with MSA Auto Belays.  The recall of these MSA units affects our industry, the providers, distributors, and most importantly you, the end users.  Nicros is committed to the best customer service possible and this notification has been sent to clarify the current situation to the best of our knowledge.  Nicros is committed to doing everything possible to work with MSA and their representatives to address this challenge. While the situation and its resolution are not in our control, we want you to know that we will be working diligently on your behalf.

Earlier you were provided information with respect to the Stop Use Notice issued by MSA and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission related to the MSA Redpoint Descender as well as the MSA Auto-Belay Descender.  To the extent you have not done so already, immediately stop using either of these products.  The use of these devices could cause serious bodily injury, even death.  If you decide to continue using these devices it is at your own risk and Nicros will not be liable in any way, shape or form for any injuries that result from the use of these devices.

Nicros is exploring options to recover the costs associated with these devices.  To assist us in this endeavor we ask you to remove the devices from where they are currently installed and store them in a safe location.  Under any circumstances do NOT destroy these devices.  Do not remove any tags or other identifying information, such as product number or serial number, which is contained on the device.  We appreciate your assistance as we work through the issues surrounding the Stop Use directive.  As further updates become available, we will pass them on to you.

Currently we have had little response or direction from MSA.  Most communication is coming to us through the Climbing Wall Association (CWA) to which Nicros is a member and I am on the Board of Directors. The Board is considering using the CWA and the size of its membership to better facilitate communication with MSA.  If you are not a member of the CWA this will not affect you in any way however, we do encourage that you become a member. This situation is a good example of how a trade association can benefit everyone involved.

As for the current status, it is clear that the MSA Redpoint Descender will not be an option as an Auto Belay in the near future. We are advising that all customers that need auto belay units to continue using their climbing walls consider the alternative air/pneumatic units and move promptly to replace the MSA units. Personally, as the owner of several climbing gyms, I have also been affected by the MSA recall.  Fortunately, our facilities also feature about 50 of the air/pneumatic devices and we have had no problems.  Nicros sells these units and select manufacturers are currently offering additional discounts in order to help lower the cost of these units during this transition.  Many of you are considering making the change and as such, the demand as well as the waiting period is increasing every day.  You might want to get your order in early.  Please feel free to contact our excellent sales staff at 800-699-1975 or locally at 651-778-1975.

This letter as well as any other communications regarding this situation will be posted on our website at www.nicros.com/news.cfm.  You can check this site at any time for updates.  Please forward this correspondence to all individuals that need be aware of this situation.

We apologize for any inconvenience and will keep you posted as additional information becomes available.

Sincerely,

Nate Postma

President

MSA Auto Belay STOP USE NOTICE UPDATE

November 6th, 2009


November 6, 2009

On November 3, 2009, MSA issued an update to the stop use notice dated 10/14/2009 for certain products described below.

As you are already aware, MSA issued a Stop Use Notice on Redpoint and Auto-Belay Descenders on October 14, 2009. The Stop Use Notice was emailed and mailed to all Redpoint and affected Auto-Belay purchasers that MSA has on record. In addition, this notice has been circulated via the Internet through climbing wall organizations and social networking sites, and it has been posted on the MSA website. We have made every effort to ensure that all users of the Redpoint and Auto-Belay Descenders have been notified of this situation.

We understand the difficulties and challenges that our Stop Use Notice creates for owners of climbing walls and/or climbing gyms, and we regret any inconvenience that users may experience as a result of this equipment being out of service. However, user safety is our primary concern.

Both units involved in the reported accelerated descents, specified in the recent Stop Use notice, have been returned to us for evaluation. Our review discovered no evidence of any physical damage that would have affected the rate of descent. Over the past two weeks, we have conducted a Thorough investigation and several key performance tests in attempt to pinpoint the root cause of the reported accelerated descents. We have dimensionally checked the brakes, induced stresses on the brakes and one-way bearing in several ways, and conducted a dimensional and chemical analysis of the bearing; however, to date, our testing has not produced an accelerated descent. Bearings have been sent to the bearing manufacturer for further independent analysis, and we are currently awaiting a report. We are also conducting additional tests to determine the effect of vibration on the performance of the bearing. We expect to have the results of these tests in approximately one week.

It is important that the Stop Use remain in effect. Please do not use any Redpoint Descender or affected Auto-Belay Descender until advised by MSA. As a reminder, the Stop Use Notice applies to the following descender units:

  • All Redpoint Descenders (part numbers 10024873, 10027646, and 10027798) regardless of the date the unit was manufactured or last serviced
  • Auto-Belay Descenders (part number 10021806) manufactured or last serviced on or after June 30, 2000

Rest assured we are making every effort to complete our investigation as quickly as possible and, more importantly, provide you with an effective and safe resolution to this matter.

As additional information becomes available, we will be sure to communicate it to you in a timely fashion. We appreciate your patience and understanding as we work to provide you with the answers you need.

If you have any questions, please contact MSA Customer Service at 1-800-MSA-2222 or 412-967-3000. If you would like to view the original notice it is HERE.

MSA Auto Belay STOP USE NOTICE

October 15th, 2009


October 15, 2009

MSA issued a stop use notice dated 10/14/2009 for certain products described below. MSA very recently became aware of two incidents where climbers using Redpoint Descenders experienced rapid rates of descent resulting in injuries. MSA’s preliminary investigation indicates an issue with the one-way bearings provided by their supplier, which may prevent the brakes from engaging during descent. Due to the nature of this condition, the users were not able to detect the problem before the rapid descents occurred.

The Stop Use Notice applies to the following descender units:

  • All Redpoint Descenders (part numbers 10024873, 10027646, and 10027798) regardless of the date the unit was manufactured or last serviced
  • Auto-Belay Descenders (part number 10021806) manufactured or last serviced on or after June 30, 2000

The part number, date of manufacture, and date of last factory service of the unit is located on the white date of manufacture label affixed to the back of the housing.

Based on these findings, MSA is advising affected users to discontinue using the Redpoint and Auto-Belay Descenders indicated above. Please forward this notice to all appropriate personnel.

MSA regrets this inconvenience; however, the company recognizes that this condition represents a potential safety concern. MSA will issue a follow-up notice shortly, after conducting further investigations into this matter. During the investigation, MSA will not be shipping any Redpoint Descenders that are currently on order or in for service, and will not be taking any new orders.

If you have any questions, please contact MSA Customer Service at 1-800-MSA-2222 or 412-967-3000. If you would like to view the original notice it is HERE.

 

Nicros Receives Patent Number 7,524,269 for Extreme Hold Technology™

April 28th, 2009


April 28 , 2009

On April 28, 2009, Nicros was issued Patent Number 7,524,269 for its innovative Extreme Hold Technology™.

This technology,  first introduced in October, 2003, revolutionizes the way large individual  climbing holds (“Extreme Holds” in the Nicros line) are made. Every extreme hold that utilizes the Extreme Hold Technology (Patent Number 7,524,269) is up to 220% lighter than an older style resin-poured counterpart of the same shape.

Although the thickness of the hold can be deceptive in describing the strength of the hold, these holds are extremely strong – even with their minimalistic  sidewall thickness. Nicros has taken the old “hollowback” technique to the next level with Extreme Hold Technology. This weight reduction also means less money spent on shipping, leaving more to spend on new holds.

Extreme Hold Technology (Patent Number 7,524,269) is simply the best method for making large holds. Click here for more information on Nicros product innovations.

Nicros Introduces Corn/Soy-Based Resin into handholds

April 1st, 2009


April 1 , 2009

Nicros is proud to be the first climbing handhold manufacturer to introduce the use of an environmentally-conscious, Corn/Soy-Based resin into its Super-Mix™ recipe.

New England Ropes / Maxim Issues Recall Notice

July 29th, 2008


Press Release

July 2008

New England Ropes / Maxim Issues Recall Notice

Maxim Apogee 9.1MM and 9.5 Pinnacle Dynamic Climbing Lines

Boulder, Colorado; July 30, 2008 In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Maxim is announcing a voluntary recall of Maxim’s Apogee 9.1mm Dynamic Climbing Line (These Climbing lines were sold to consumers from August 2006 through May 2008. Both colors yellow and fire will be included in the recall.) and Maxim’s Pinnacle 9.5mm Blue std Dry Dynamic Climbing Line (These Climbing lines were sold to consumers from February 2007 through May 2008).

Please go to Maxim’s website for descriptions, photos, affected lot/job numbers, and to complete the recall questionnaire.

Reason: The reason for this recall is the product may not pass the required 5 falls, and may pose a serious risk over time.

Consumers are to immediately stop using the dynamic climbing lines and to contact Maxim by phone (866-617-9038). Consumers should return the recalled dynamic climbing lines directly to Maxim for a product replacement.

The News Release will be accessible on the CPSC’s website, www.cpsc.gov, and Maxim’s website. We ask that you make this information available to your associates as soon as possible so they may make contact with any possible consumers by whatever manner you believe appropriate.

Maxim / New England Ropes greatly appreciates your assistance in this important effort and your continuing support of Maxim / New England Ropes and its products.

About the Climbing Wall Association, Inc. (CWA). The CWA is a 501(c)(06), non-profit, industry trade association incorporated in May of 2003 for manufacturers of climbing wall equipment, builders of climbing walls, operators of climbing walls, and others involved in the climbing industry. The CWA is the only trade association addressing the needs and interests of the climbing wall industry and climbing wall operators. The mission of the Climbing Wall Association is to support the development of the climbing wall industry, to promote the sport of climbing, and to advocate for the interests of our members. This announcement is being forwarded as a service to our members and subscribers.

Together we’re stronger.

END

Climbing Wall Association, Inc.
William Zimmermann
Executive Director
email: bill@climbingwallindustry.org
phone: 720-838-8284
Maxim’s Recall Hotline
phone: 866-617-9038

Recall on Petzl Carabiners

November 1st, 2006


November 1, 2006

Petzl Recall

For Immediate Release

Petzl America Issues Recall Notice

Am’D Ball-Lock and William Ball-Lock Carabiners

Boulder, Colorado. November 1, 2006. Petzl America voluntarily announced a recall of Petzl M34 BL Am’D BALL-LOCK and M36 BL William BALL-LOCK carabiners on October 18th. The affected carabiners have a metal locking sleeve with a green button. There is a possibility that the sleeve can be unlocked without pressing the green button. Affected units were sold during March and July, 2006. No incidents or injuries have been reported.

This recall does not apply to the older nylon-sleeve locking system, but only to Ball-Lock carabiners with the metal locking sleeve manufactured in March and July, 2006. This recall is in effect only in the USA – it does not affect BALL-LOCK carabiners sold in other countries.

Customers should stop using the recalled carabiners immediately until inspected. If you have a BALL-LOCK carabiner with the metal sleeve with a batch number between 06076 and 06178, you may return it to the place of purchase or to Petzl America for inspection and possible replacement. An inspection procedure is provided on the Petzl site.

For assistance in any matter related to this recall, please contact Petzl America at 877-807-3805 or info@petzl.com.

To view the CPSC recall notice: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07010.html .

To view the product safety bulletin: NOTICE_BALL-LOCK_RCL06.pdf .