Petzl America is voluntarily recalling about 18,000 GRIGRI 2 belay devices with assisted braking in the United States and 2,000 in Canada because excessive force on the handle can cause it to become stuck in the open position.
When stuck open, the assisted braking function is disabled, posing a fall hazard to consumers. Seven devices worldwide, including one in the U.S., were returned after the users noticed that the handle could become stuck in the open position. No injuries have been reported.
The GRIGRI 2 belay device is used by rock climbers to control the climber's safety rope during a fall or while being lowered on the rope. The first five digits of the serial numbers of devices affected by this recall range from 10326 to 11136. The serial number is engraved on the body of the product underneath and protected by the folded handle.
The belay devices were made in France, are 4 inches in length and 2 inches in width, and come in grey, blue, and orange colors.
The device was sold at sports and recreation stores in the U.S. and Canada from February 2011 to June 2011 for about $95.