May 3, 2001          

Sheico PKS Inc. Announces Recall of Scuba Buoyancy Compensator Devices (BCDs)


Sheico 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:

Brand Name                         Model Names                                                                                        Serial Numbers


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:,, or