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.
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:
- Temporarily stop all Petzl tear-webbing energy absorber production.
- Temporarily stop the sale of all stock of SCORPIO and ABSORBICA units pending inspection.
- 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.