Petzl Issues Request for Inspection of Pezl Low-Stretch Kernmantle Ropes

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Tuesday, July 21, 2020 - 23:00
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Petzl

Petzl has issued the following notice on their website.

One of our clients found 2 critical defects on his Petzl low-stretch kernmantle ropes. To date, no other client has reported similar defects to us, and no accident or injury is known. Please read the information below and, if necessary, inspect your ropes.

Request for inspection of Petzl low-stretch kernmantle ropes:

  • AXIS 11 mm
  • ASAP'AXIS 11 mm
  • PARALLEL 10.5 mm
  • VECTOR 12.5 mm 
  • RAY 12 mm 
  • SEGMENT 8 mm
  • CLUB 200 10 mm 
  • PUSH 200 9 mm
  • TOP 9.8 mm
  • LEAD 9.8 mm
  • KIT including these ropes

With serial numbers between 18 C 0000000 000 and 20 H 0000000 000

While unpacking new Petzl AXIS 11 mm ropes, one of our customers found the following two defects:

  1. a deep cut in an AXIS 11 mm rope manufactured in June 2019
  2. a 2.1-meter scrap of rope taped to one end of an AXIS 11 mm rope manufactured in September 2019

To date, no other client has reported similar defects to us, and no accident or injury is known.

Our in-depth investigation and risk analysis have led us to the following conclusions:

  • the two defects occurred on one of our rope-cutting machines
  • the two defects have common root causes
  • the risk of the two defects occurring is near zero (only a complex sequence of multiple, independent factors could lead to the occurrence of the defects)
  • this risk did not exist prior to March 2018
  • only the ropes cut on this machine are at risk of these defects

We took immediate corrective actions to eliminate this risk on the production line. Our stock is in the process of being inspected and no further defect has yet been found.

As a precaution, we ask that you immediately inspect each of your low-stretch kernmantel ropes listed below that have a serial number between 18 C 0000000 000 and 20 H 0000000 000:

  • AXIS 11 mm
  • ASAP'AXIS 11 mm
  • PARALLEL 10.5 mm
  • VECTOR 12.5 mm 
  • RAY 12 mm 
  • SEGMENT 8 mm
  • CLUB 200 10 mm 
  • PUSH 200 9 mm
  • TOP 9.8 mm
  • LEAD 9.8 mm
  • KIT including these ropes

The inspection must be carried out by hand, without gloves, along the entire length of the rope, and in accordance with this operating procedure.

If you find any defect, please quarantine your rope immediately and contact us.

The inspection we are asking you to carry out fulfills certain criteria from the detailed periodic inspections you must carry out at least once every 12 months. However, if you encounter any difficulty carrying out the inspection, please contact us.

We are aware of the inconvenience that this inspection request may cause; please accept our apologies. Our customers’ safety remains our top priority, and all of our teams are making every effort to assist you

We thank you in advance for your understanding and are relying on you to immediately report to us any defect found.

 

Posting Dates: 
Sunday, August 2, 2020 to Monday, August 2, 2021