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Liberty Mountain Recalls Climbing Harnesses Due to Fall Hazard


Submitted by phaedrus on 2006-12-12

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by Todd Mayville


NEWS from CPSC U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Office of Information and Public Affairs Washington, DC 20207 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE December 12, 2006 Release #07-049 Firm's Recall Hotline: (800) 366-2666 CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772

CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908

Liberty Mountain Recalls Climbing Harnesses Due to Fall Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed.

Name of Product: Edelweiss Challenge Climbing Harnesses

Units: About 5,900

Distributor: Liberty Mountain, of Salt Lake City, Utah

Hazard: The buckles on the harness' leg loops could fail, posing a fall hazard for climbers.

Incidents/Injuries: Liberty Mountain has received five reports of the leg buckle failing. No injuries have been reported.

Description: The sit harnesses are worn around climber's waist and legs and attach to climbing ropes to protect climbers from falling. The harnesses have three buckles including one on the waist belt and one on each leg loop. "Edelweiss" is printed on the waist belt. Only harnesses using the para buckle system are included in this recall. Para buckle harnesses have a single bar installed in the center of each of the three buckles.

Sold at: Climbing equipment retailers, Liberty Mountain's catalog, and by various Web retailers from January 2005 through September 2006 for about $47.

Manufactured in: France

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled harnesses and contact Liberty Mountain for instructions on returning the harnesses including a return authorization number. Liberty Mountain will provide a free inspection and free repair. Send your harness for repair to: Liberty Mountain, 4375 West 1980 South, Salt Lake City, Utah 84104.

Consumer Contact: For more information, contact Liberty Mountain at (800) 366-2666 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, by fax at (801) 954-0766, by e-mail at info@libertymountain.com, or visit the firm's Web site at www.libertymountain.com.

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled product, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml07/07049.html

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