Avalanche airbags have been recalled by Backcountry Access, Inc., of Boulder, Colo. The trigger assembly can fail resulting in the airbag not deploying, posing a risk of death and injury in the event of an avalanche. This recall involves BCA Avalanche airbags, models Float 18, 22, 30, 32, 36 and Throttle. The airbags are used for skiing, snowmobiling and mountain climbing to help keep the user above the surface if an avalanche occurs. The airbags are yellow and are housed in a blue, red or black pack. The packs have the model name printed on them. “Float” and the “bca” logo are printed in black lettering on the airbag. Lot letters A through E are included in the recall. The lot letter can be found on the trigger handle.
The airbags were sold at specialty outdoor stores worldwide and online at www.backcountryaccess.com from August 2011 through October 2013 for between $499 and $750. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled airbags and contact BCA for a free replacement trigger assembly. Contact Backcountry Access (BCA) at 800-670-8735 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday or online at www.backcountryaccess.com and click on Safety Alert under Customer Service at bottom of the page for more information. Consumers can also send an e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Photos available at: http://www.cpsc.gov/en/Recalls/2014/Avalanche-Airbags-Recalled-by-Backcountry-Access/