Perfect Descent™ Auto Belay Model 220 Indoor, Outdoor, Speed Drive, and Direct Drive units manufactured from February 2017 through April 2019 have been recalled.
C3 Manufacturing is announcing a stop use and recall of auto belay units that may contain a material defect that can prohibit the lanyard from retracting. While no accidents have been reported, C3 is voluntarily recalling affected units out of an abundance of caution and consistent with our focus on safety and quality. Our investigation indicates that defects may be present in the material used to manufacture the retraction spring which can result in partial or complete fracture of the spring and loss of retraction force. Complete fracture of the retraction spring will cause the lanyard to stop retracting and, in some cases, the lanyard may “pay out” thereby creating additional slack in the system. Climbing while tethered to a unit with a fractured retraction spring may result in serious injury or death.
C3 Manufacturing requests that you immediately remove all affected auto belays from service and return them to your nearest service center for warranty upgrade of the retraction spring.
All returned units will be upgraded to the new Duplex Spring Design featuring twin retraction springs. This new system comprised of two independent retraction springs will permit the unit to operate in the event of a spring failure. The daily inspection procedure provides a simple method for confirming the dual spring operation.
Download and review the full notice. Instructions are provided for remedying recalled units.
STOP USE AND RETURN FOR INSPECTION AND UPGRADE
Notice Date: October 21, 2019
Manufacturer: C3 Manufacturing