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The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with CAMP USA, has announced a voluntary recall of Photon carabiners and Photon and Mach Express quickdraws. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Photon carabiners, Photon and Mach Express quickdraws

Units: About 15,500

Importer: CAMP USA Inc., of Broomfield, Colo.

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Hazard: The carabiner gate may open under a heavy load, posing a risk of serious injury or death if the climber falls.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Description: The Photon model carabiners are used by climbers as connectors and are sold individually or as components of the Photon Express and Mach Express quickdraw used as extenders to anchor a climber. The carabiners were sold in a variety of colors including green, yellow, silver and brown. The quickdraws use a white or black fabric strap with green, yellow or gray stitching and Photon carabiners attached at each end.

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Sold at: Outdoor retail stores nationwide from February 2011 through March 2011 for between $8 and $12.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled carabiners and quickdraws sold with carabiners immediately and contact CAMP USA to return the recalled products for a full refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact CAMP USA Inc. toll-free at (877) 421-2267 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or visit the firmís website at

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wow. I saw this last week.
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I thought these things were supposed to be rigorously tested .. UIAA certified.. ect. how is it that this came to be?
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This proves that you get what you pay for.
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No kidding..Chinese crap!!
That's what really ticks me off about Black Diamond too.
They've also recently started having some of their climbing gear manufactured in that hell-hole, just to save a buck and line their shareholders' pockets.
Buyer beware! Chinese manufacturing and rock climbing don't mix.
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Speaking as a BD shareholder (ok, it's only about 40 shares but still), I'd much rather see a quality product than a few extra cents in share price. I've been climbing on BD gear a long, long time. I thought the takeover by Clarus was a bad deal but bought shares hoping to at least have a (small) voice.
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I can't believe I actually pondering buying these. And for save 2 or 3 bucks. Money can't buy your life back.
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Does this recall affect the photons being sold on europe, more specifically on Italy?

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