ABSORBICA lanyards.

Concerns all ABSORBICA energy absorbers manufactured before May 17th 2011 up to serial number 11137****.
The relevant product references are: L57, L58, L58 MGO, L59, L59 MGO, L59 69, L70120 YG, L70150 IM, L70150 YM, L70150 I, L70150 Y, L70150 YM.

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Following a via ferrata accident on Thursday May 5, 2011, as a precautionary measure we launched a Recall Alert for Inspection for all Petzl SCORPIO via ferrata lanyards. Our internal investigation and analysis identified a potential weakness in our manufacturing procedures specific to the production of tear-webbing energy absorbers that could explain the defect leading to this accident. Because the SCORPIO and ABSORBICA share a similar tear-webbing shock absorption technology, we are requesting inspection of both the SCORPIO and ABSORBICA.

As a consequence, and even though the probability of this defect recurring remains very low, we have decided to take the following actions:

  1. Temporarily stop all Petzl tear-webbing energy absorber production.
  2. Temporarily stop the sale of all stock of SCORPIO and ABSORBICA units pending inspection.
  3. Issue a request for immediate self-inspection for all ABSORBICA energy absorbers, used by professional workers at height.

You'll find in the Sport section a dedicated page regarding SCORPIO actions.

If you possess an ABSORBICA energy absorber as detailed above we ask you to:


The lanyards with energy absorber for the ASAP mobile fall arrester ASAP'SORBER are not concerned by this alert.
You may continue to use these products, whilst respecting the conditions of use, maintenance and inspection outlined in their respective technical notices.



Well done PETZL. I appreciate the attention to detail in this posted alert and having printed the self inspection form in English am about to inspect my device shortly. Thank you for the heads-up.

absorbica lanyrd

Yes, well done. My supplier emailed me today to inform me of this situation and to do an inspection of my lanyard. I did do a full examination of the equipment as per the pdf and it looks to be fine with 4 bar tacks in the correct locations almost identically representing the photos in the pdf.

thank you for the timely support

All 4 lanyards checked out

All 4 lanyards checked out fine.

4 lanyards checked out

All 4 recently recieved L70150 YM checked out OK.

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