May 3, 2001
Sheico PKS Inc. Announces Recall of Scuba Buoyancy Compensator Devices (BCDs)
PKS Inc., of Carlsbad, Calif., is voluntarily recalling about 10,000 scuba
buoyancy compensator devices (BCDs), which are used by divers to maintain
neutral buoyancy. The overpressure valve can stick in the open position, presenting
a drowning hazard to divers. Sheico has received one report of a valve sticking
open. No injuries have been reported.
The recalled buoyancy compensators were sold under the following brand and model names:
Sherwood Silhouette, Magnum, Avid, Luna, Outback and Freedom Between 21280001 and 22010740
Genesis Cayman, Cobra,
Athena, and Phantom Between
21280001 and 22010740
Talon and ReCon Between 20520001 and 22010740
Aeris Atmos All Units
The brand name can be found on the right, outside pocket of the jacket; the model name can be found inside the jacket, near the small of the back; and the serial number can be found on the aircell of the buoyancy compensator. Dive stores and mail-order catalogues nationwide sold the BCDs from September 2000 through March 2001 for between $150 and $450.
Consumers should stop using the BCDs immediately and return them to the dive store where purchased for a free replacement. For more information, call Sheico toll-free at (800) 808-3306 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday. Consumers can also visit one of the following websites: www.sherwoodscuba.com/opv, www.genesisscuba.com/opv, or www.diveaeris.com.