WRK Enterprises Recalls Edge and HOG Buoyancy Control Devices Due to Drowning Hazard

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
May 3, 2011
Release #11-212
Firm's Recall Hotline: (888) 370-3483
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
HC Media Contact: (613) 957-2983

WRK Enterprises Recalls Edge and HOG Buoyancy Control Devices Due to Drowning Hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, 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. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Edge and HOG (Highly Optimized Gear) Buoyancy Control Devices (BCD)

Units: About 750 in the U.S. and 20 in Canada

Importer: WRK Enterprises dba Edge Dive Gear of Macon, Ga.

Hazard: The spring in the over pressure valve can corrode and break preventing the buoyancy control device from retaining air, posing a drowning hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None

Description: This recall affects Edge Freedom and Stealth models, and the HOG 32lb Wing model.

  The Freedom is a jacket-style BCD made of heavyweight nylon. It is black and has a blue arch on the lower right side. The word "Freedom" is printed in white letters on the right front and the word "Edge" is located on a flap over the corrugated hose. Freedom BCDs with the serial numbers in the table below are affected. The serial number is printed on a tag that is located in the front right zipper pocket.
 
Edge Freedom BCD Serial Numbers
000524 to 000551 001003 to 001022
000553 to 000554 001024 to 001103
000773 001106
000775 to 000873 001125 to 001149
000881 to 000890 001151 to 001160
000892 to 000911 001162 to 001186
000913 to 001001 001188 to 001228
  The Stealth is a back flotation-style BCD made of heavyweight nylon. It is black and gray with the word "Stealth" printed in white letters on the right-hand strap, and the word "Edge" on a flap over the corrugated hose. Stealth BCDs with serial numbers 000658 to 000697 are affected by this recall. The serial number is printed on a tag that is located in a small zippered pocket under the left weight pocket.
  The HOG 32lb Wing is an oval-shaped, donut-style BCD made of heavyweight black nylon. It is designed for single-cylinder diving with a back plate or soft pack harness system. The HOG logo, a picture of a wild boar with the words "Highly Optimized Gear" and "HOG" inside an oval, is on the top strap of the device. HOG 32lb Wing BCDs with serial numbers 9042101 to 9042128 are affected by this recall. The serial number is inside a zippered compartment on a tag attached to the inner bladder of the wing.
 

 

Sold at: Authorized Edge and HOG dealers nationwide, and in Canada from May 2009 through October 2010 for $199 to $250.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the BCDs and return them to an authorized Edge dealer for a free spring replacement at no charge.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Chris Richardson at 1-888-370-3483 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or visit the firm's website at www.edge-gear.com

Note: Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1331

Picture of recalled Edge Freedom buoyancy control device Picture of recalled HOG 32lb Wing buoyancy control device Picture of recalled Edge Stealth buoyancy control device
Edge Freedom HOG Edge Stealth