June 16, 1998

Durapro Systems Announces Recall of Scuba Buoyancy Compensator Devices (BCDs)

Durapro Systems, of Homosassa, Fla., is recalling about 1,955 scuba buoyancy compensator devices (BCDs). Under normal scuba diving conditions, the hoses on these BCDs can separate from the jacket, and possibly cause drowning. Durapro systems are aware of three reports of these low-pressure inflator hoses separating from these BCDs.

These recalled Durapro Systems BCDs are the Cirrus, Stratus, Aruba, Slimline and Resort. The low-pressure hoses on the BCDs, part number 302, connects the first stage regulator to the BCD power inflator valve. These hoses are identified with the following markings: "PLIOVIC MULTI PURPOSE 1/4" 1/D (6.4 mm) 250 PSI WP (1.7 MPA)...MADE IN USA...GOODYEAR." Retail dive stores and a mail-order catalogue sold these BCDs from January 1996 through May 1998 for about $179 to $359.

Consumers who purchased one of these Durapro Systems BCDs should stop using it immediately. The hose from the BCD should be returned to the dive store where purchased for a free replacement hose. For additional information, consumers should call Durapro Systems toll free at (800) 345-6634 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday.