Black Diamond Equipment have issued a recall – subject to user inspection – of the Easy Rider and Iron Cruiser Via Ferrata lanyard sets. There is a possibility of stitching defects that could cause the lanyard to fail, potentially resulting in death or serious injury.
A very small number of lanyards may be affected. The security stitching (three orange bar tacks that attach the carabiners to the lanyards themselves) may not be present. This would result in immediate failure of the lanyard when body weight is applied.
In the interest of safety, Black Diamond has voluntarily issued a recall on the following items: Easy Rider Via Ferrata Set (style number 620105) and the Iron Cruiser Via Ferrata Set (style number 620110) manufactured between October 26 2015 and January 18 2016 with manufacturing codes between 5293 and 5350. Also affected are the Iron Cruiser Via Ferrata Packages (620122).
If you own Via Ferrata lanyards that match the above description, Black Diamond has requested that you STOP USE IMMEDIATELY and inspect them following indicators outlined on their website (click here). If they fail inspection, you can bring the item back to your nearest Tiso store for a refund or credit, or you can contact Black Diamond directly. The lanyard(s) will be replaced free of charge.