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Attention : this information replaces the previous communication concerning a via ferrata accident linked to a SCORPIO lanyard published on May 13, 2011.

Review of the facts

On May 13, 2011, we announced via our website and through various press outlets that a young man fell to the ground while climbing the Bastille Via Ferrata in Grenoble, France on Thursday, May 5, 2011. According to the latest information we have, the accident appears to have been the result of a manufacturing defect of the Petzl SCORPIO lanyard. The defect consisted of a missing safety stitch (bar tack) on the attachment loop.

Our thoughts are with this young man and his family and we hope for his quick and full recovery.

This accident, the first in the history of Petzl, lead us on May 13 to launch a voluntary product safety alert to inspect SCORPIO via ferrata lanyards (L60 and L60 CK) manufactured before March 2005.

Update to the situation as of 19.05.2011

Based on further investigations of our manufacturing process of tearing webbing energy absorbing systems and information recently received, we have extended the previous safety alert to now include all SCORPIO and ABSORBICA products. Our analysis shows that the manufacturing process specific to these tearing webbing energy absorbers has a weakness which could explain the defect leading to the cause of this accident.

Even though the probability of further defects remains low, we have decided to take the following actions as a result of this new information:

  1. Stop production of all absorbers and lanyards using tearing webbing energy absorption systems, until all corrective actions are in place.
    This includes the following products:
    - SCORPIO via ferrata lanyards,
    - ABSORBICA energy absorbers with or without a lanyard for professional workers at height.
     
  2. Stop sales of all unsold product and verify and mark accordingly all SCORPIO and ABSORBICA products before resuming sales.
     
  3. Issue an extension of the product safety alert from just the SCORPIO L60 and L60 CK to all SCORPIO via
    ferrata lanyards manufactured before May 19, 2011
    (see our product safety alert for SCORPIO) :
    - blue and yellow models, references: L60 and L60 CK.
    - red and grey models, references: L60 2, L60 2CK, L60 H, L60 WL, K29VF 1, K29VF 2, K29VE 1, K29VE 2, K29V 1, K29V 2.
    Concerns all SCORPIO products up to serial number : 11137****.
     
  4. Issue a request for immediate self-inspection for all ABSORBICA energy absorbers used by professional workers at height using the existing procedures for PPE inspection (see our product safety alert for ABSORBICA).
    References : L57, L58, L58 MGO, L59, L59 MGO, L59 69, L70150 I, L70150 IM, L70150 Y, L70150 YM, L70120 YG
    Concerns all ABSORBICA products up to serial number : 11137****

We are clearly aware of the problems caused by these actions and we ask you all to accept our apologies for this inconvenience. The security of our customers is our greatest priority and we will not restart production until we are completely convinced we have eliminated any weaknesses in our production processes. The entire company is focused on resolving this issue as quickly and efficiently as possible.

Romain Lécot
General Director

Kommentare

HI We have recently bought

HI

We have recently bought Scorpio via ferrata lanyards in Lausanne Switzerland but am not sure if this safety alert relates to this product

CE 0197 EN958
09278CV
1313 and 1325

if so do we return them to the shop we bought them for checks ?

thanks

Clair CREAN

claircrean@hotmail.com

Answer

Hello,
Yes your product is concerned by a recall for inspection, do not use the product and please contact our distributor in Switzerland to proceed to the inspection.

SWITZERLAND ALTIMUM SA info@petzl.ch 0041 21 947 46 66

Once we have received your product we will verify the safety stitching and proceed a full PPE check, your product will be returned to you as soon as possible.
We are clearly aware of the problems caused by these actions and we ask you to accept our apologies for this inconvenience. Your security is our greatest priority. The entire company is focused on resolving this issue as quickly and efficiently possible.

Sincerely

Safety Alert

I have a Scorpio Eashook set made in 2008 with serial no. being:
08080CM0614

Does this too need to be send for inspection or are only later models
affected?

Thanks for a short note
Chris

Answer Safety Alert

Hello Chris,
Yes your product need to be inspected, please stop using it and contact asap the Petzl distributor in your country for an inspection, All costs of shipping are covered by Petzl.

Sincerely

Hello, I bought 2 Red and

Hello,
I bought 2 Red and Grey Scorpio's in May 2007, they are plain L60's (not any of L60 2, L60 2CK, L60 H, L60 WL) I can no longer read the Serial numbers. Is it likely that these will have been affected?

I look forward to hearing back.
Kelly

Answer

Hello Kelly,
Yes they need to be controlled, do not use and contact asap our distributor in your country: http://www.petzl.com/en/outdoor/contact_country
more info here :
http://www.petzl.com/en/outdoor/news/products-news-0/2011/05/13/product-...

Sincerely

hi there! i bought a

hi there!

i bought a scorpio a half year ago, serialnumber 09313DF/0162

does it need inspection?

thx

stefan

answer

Hello Stephan,
yes your product is concerned and needs to be inspected, do not use anymore and contact the Petzl distributor in your country.
http://www.petzl.com/en/outdoor/news/products-news-0/2011/05/13/product-...

Sincerely

Scorpio

Hi,
My product no is CE1097 EN958
No 08022CX
1068
Is it affected

Bok
Singapore

Answer Scorpio

Hello Bok,

Yes your product needs to be checked.
Do not use.
Please contact our distributor in Singapore to obtain the details on how to return your product for inspection.
SINGAPORE ALLSPORTS EQUIPMENT sales@allsports.com.sg 006563377728
Once we have received your product we will verify the safety stitching and proceed a full PPE check, your product will be returned to you as soon as possible.
We are clearly aware of the problems caused by these actions and we ask you to accept our apologies for this inconvenience. Your security is our greatest priority. The entire company is focused on resolving this issue as quickly and efficiently possible.
Sincerely

Scorpio recall

I've just bought a via farrata kit with Scorpio lanyard today, and a friend just told me the product recall has been extended. The numbers on my kit are 11116CD0633 ref EN958. Is my lanyard affected by the recall?

Thanks.

Answer Scorpio Recall

Hello Christa,

According to the serial number your lanyard is affected by the recall for inspection, but if you have just bought it from a retailer today it should have allready been inspected by our distributor in your country , to check if the inspection has been done :

Look for a green spot sticker / or a white label with OK mention inside the absorber's protection zip pocket. If there is not one or the other (green spot or OK label), or if you have any doubt about your product, do not use and contact asap our distributor in your country :
http://www.petzl.com/en/outdoor/news/products-news-0/2011/05/13/product-...

We are clearly aware of the problems caused by these actions and we ask you to accept our apologies for this inconvenience. Your security is our greatest priority. The entire company is focused on resolving this issue as quickly and efficiently possible.
Sincerely

Scorpio safety alert

Hello,

I own three scorpio lanyards, the serials are:

1# - 11172CA / 1022
2# - 11103CA / 0674
3# - 09292CA / 0904

do they have to undergo the inspection?

If yes, where to send it to in Austria?

Best regards
-Volker

Answer

Hello Volker,

Yes your products need to be inspected, please contact our distributeur in Austria :
AUSTRIA AGENTUR BERGER mberger@petzl.at 0043761660027

Sincerely

Hello, have you resumed the

Hello,

have you resumed the production of SCORPIO/ABSORBICA ferrata sets,
or they are still suspended? If yes, after which date they are
free for issues mentioned in this annuncement?

Or do you have other available ferrata sets for sale now?

Thanks,
Lorand.

Re:

Hello Lorand,

yes we have resumed production, as mentioned in the above notice the products manufactured before May 19, 2011 are recalled for inspection, all the sets produced after that date are not affected by the notice.

Thanks for your participation in the discussions.
Sincerely

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