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Sep 01 2011

Petzl America Recalls Belay Climbing Devices Due to Fall Hazard

Posted in Community Service, Product Liability

Products manufactured according to substandard standards may inadvertently cause extensive injury or death to its owner, says Alabama liability attorney Keith T. Belt .

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with Petzl America Inc., of Clearfield, Utah  announced a voluntary recall of  GRIGRI 2 belay device with assisted braking utilized by climbers. Excessive force on the handle can cause it to become stuck in the open position disabling the assisted braking function, posing a fall hazard to consumers.

The GRIGRI 2 belay device is used by rock climbers to control the climber’s safety rope during a fall or while being lowered on the rope. The first five digits of the serial numbers of devices affected by this recall range from 10326 to 11136. The serial number is engraved on the body of the product underneath and protected by the folded handle. The belay devices are 4 inches in length and 2 inches in width, and come in blue, grey and orange colors.

The devices were manufactured by Petzl SAS, of Crolles, France and about 18,000 were sold in the U.S. through sports and recreation stores from February 2011 to June 2011 for about $95. Consumers should stop use of the affected GRIGRI 2s immediately, and contact Petzl America for a replacement.

For additional information, contact Petzl America at (800) 932-2978 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday or visit

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is still interested in receiving incident or injury reports that are either directly related to this product recall or involve a different hazard with the same product.