April 18, 2006

CCH Inc. Recalls Mountain Climbing Camming Anchor 

Name of Product: Camming Anchor (used in climbing)

Units: About 4,100

Manufacturer: Colorado Custom Hardware (CCH) Inc., of Laramie, Wyo.

Hazard: The cables that support climbers using these devices can fail, causing climbers to fall.

Description: These camming anchors or “Alien Cams” are devices used as both a precautionary measure to stop a climber in the event of falls, or it is used to actually support the climber. Climbers insert the device into cracks or crevasses in rock and it grips the sides of the crack. The recalled units are marked with a small center punch dimple at the base of the round ball where the axle goes through the cable eye. They have production dates, from November 2004 (written as 1104) through December 2005 (written as 1205), which can be found on the bottom of the handle puller.

Sold at: Climbing stores nationwide and Web retailers from November 2004 through December 2005 for between $50 and $60.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using these devices immediately and contact the firm for instructions on how to have the units repaired.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, call the firm at (800) 776-9185 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or visit CCH’s Web site at http://www.aliencamsbycch.com/recall/