If you own a Helium karabiner or a quickdraw, read WC recall notice:
VOLUNTARY RECALL NOTICE - WILD COUNTRY HELIUM KARABINER AND QUICKDRAWS
For the safety of all of our customers we are issuing an immediate recall of certain batches of the Wild Country Helium karabiner and Helium quickdraws made with these karabiners. It has been established that all of the affected karabiners were delivered after July 15th 2012.
If you own a Wild Country Helium karabiner or Helium quickdraw that was purchased after the 15th July 2012 please read this notice carefully and follow the instructions “How to Identify the Product” so that you can identify whether your product is from one of the affected batches.
Reason for the recall:
The Helium karabiner is one of the lightest full size karabiners in the world, featuring the Wild Country patented “clean-wire” snag free nose and exhibiting an extremely high gate open strength. The Helium karabiner has been manufactured in the UK since 2004. Upon receipt of the latest delivery at Wild Country we identified anomalies with the ‘Major Axis Gate Closed Tensile Test’ results. An immediate investigation together with our long term manufacturing partner revealed a series of issues with the manufacturing process that could lead to problems in the forging of the nose of the karabiner. In those karabiners affected by the problem the gate may not engage properly with the nose causing the gate to slip off the nose under load and thereby significantly reducing the strength of the karabiner. As we cannot guarantee that the karabiners with the identified batch codes meet the European Standard for karabiners (EN12275) we are issuing an immediate notice to recall. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and thank you in advance for your cooperation in helping us to recover as many of the identified karabiners as possible. Our first priority is the safety of our climbing and mountaineering colleagues and customers, therefore we have taken the decision to recall the Helium karabiners with the identified batch codes. We apologise for the inconvenience this may cause and thank you in advance for your cooperation in helping us to recover as many of the affected karabiners as possible.How to identify the product:
The product affected is the Helium karabiner with any of the following batch codes;
MAG-T2, MMF-T2, MAH-T2, MAJ-T2, MAK-T2, MMG-T2, MMH-T2, MMJ-T2, MMK-T2.