June 22, 2006

Oceanic Recalls Digital Dive Computers

Name of Product: Versa Pro 2A Digital Dive Computer

Units: About 6,100

Manufacturer: Oceanic, of San Leandro, Calif.

Hazard: When using the dive computer set for “User Selected Digital Gauge Mode,” the “Elapsed Dive Time” displayed can exceed the actual elapsed time under water. This can cause divers to ascend before fulfilling a decompression obligation, resulting in decompression sickness.

Description and Models: The recall involves Oceanic-brand Versa Pro 2A dive computers with serial numbers 12000 through 18176 which can be accessed and viewed on the computer’s display. The serial number and “r2A” are printed on the side of the unit. This recall does not include any other Oceanic brand dive computer, or Versa Pro 2A while operated in normal decompression dive computer mode.

Sold at: Authorized Oceanic dealers sold Versa Pro 2A digital dive computers nationwide from March 2003 through April 2006 for between $430 and $640.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled digital dive computers and take them to any Authorized Oceanic Dealer to get a free replacement Versa Pro 2B.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Oceanic toll-free at (888) 854-4960 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday. Consumers can also e-mail the firm at service@oceanicusa.com, or write to: Oceanic, 2002 Davis Street, San Leandro, Calif. 94577.