Black Diamond recalled about 66,100 PIEPS DSP Avalanche Transceivers. The company has received 65 reports of the transceiver modes switching unexpectedly while in use. One death and one instance of a skier getting caught in an avalanche who suffered a broken arm and minor injuries were reported in British Columbia.
The Transceivers were sold at Liberty Mountain, Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), and other specialty outdoor stores nationwide, and online at backcountry.com from January 2013 through November 2020 for between $300 and $450, according to a press release from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
Consumers are being encouraged to stop using the recalled Avalanche Transceivers and contact Black Diamond for a free replacement hardcase carrying system and user guide for the recalled Transceivers.
Black Diamond at 866-306-0865 from 9 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. MT Monday through Friday
Online: blackdiamondequipment.com, click “Safety Recall” located at the top of the webpage or here for more information.
This recall involves all PIEPS DSP Pro, DSP Pro Ice and DSP Sport Avalanche Transceivers. Skiers wear the transceivers so they can be located if they are buried in an avalanche. The units were sold in one size with an LCD display, a slider switch with Off/Search/Send, and are powered by a battery. The devices have a green/yellow, black/yellow or clear/yellow exterior. The transceivers come with a black neoprene carrying case. The manufacturer’s name, PIEPS, is printed in black letters on the unit’s front with the model name DSP Pro, DSP Pro Ice and DSP Sport.
The recall includes PIEPS DSP Sport Avalanche Transceiver Model No. PP1128040000ALL1; PIEPS DSP Pro Avalanche Transceiver Model No. PP1127710000ALL1; and PIEPS DSP Pro Ice Avalanche Transceiver Model No. PP1127700000ALL1.
The model name DSP02 can be found on the inside of the battery door, and the model number can be found on the outside of the packaging.