August 16, 2006

Speed Buckle Harnesses Used During Mountain and Rock Climbing Recalled 

Name of Product: Speed Buckle Harnesses

Units: About 18,000

Distributor: Black Diamond Equipment Ltd., of Salt Lake City, Utah

Hazard: The harness could be threaded incorrectly. If threaded incorrectly, the webbing will easily slip when loaded. Incorrectly threaded buckles can loosen, which could cause climbers to slip out of the harness and fall.

Description and Models: These Speed Buckle Harnesses were sold under the following model names: Gym Speed, Focus Speed, Momentum Speed, Vario Speed and Wiz Kid. The names can be found on a tag sewn inside the waist belt of the harnesses. The harnesses are various colors and were sold individually. Only Black Diamond Equipment Speed Buckle Harnesses with incorrectly threaded buckles are included in this recall.

Sold at: Rock climbing and mountaineering specialty shops nationwide from December 2005 through July 2006 for between $40 and $75.

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using recalled harnesses and contact the firm for a free replacement harness.

Consumer Contact: For more information, call Black Diamond Equipment collect at (801) 278-5533 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or visit the firmís Web site at http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/about/speed_harness_bulletin.php or http://www.blackdiamondequipment.com/about/speed_harness_bulletin.php