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C3 Manufacturing recalls Perfect Descent Climbing Systems climbing belay devices

The device can loosen and cause slack on the rope, allowing a climber to fall

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C3 Manufacturing of Littleton, Colo., is recalling about 1.200 Perfect Descent Auto Belays climbing devices.

The belay climbing device can loosen and cause slack on the rope, allowing the climber to fall. Climbing while tethered to a malfunctioning belay can cause serious injury or death.

No incidents or injuries are reported.

This recall involves Perfect Descent Auto Belay model 220 Indoor, Outdoor, Speed Drive and Direct Drive auto belay climbing devices.

Belay devices are used with climbing ropes to protect the climber while climbing, to arrest a fall or while being lowered on the rope.

The devices were sold in yellow and black and have “Perfect Descent” printed on the top of the devices.

The recalled belay devices have the following serial number ranges printed on the bottom of the device:

Serial number                  Manufacture Date:

I-0970 through I-3109      February 2017 through November 2018

S-0604 through S-1609    March 2017 through December 2018 

S-1695 through S-1762    February 2019 through March 2019 

D-1015 through D-1385   June 2018 through December 2018 

D-1572 through D-1705   February 2019 through March 2019 

D-1710 through D-1722   March 2019

D-1726 through D-1751   March 2019 through April 2019 

D-1761 through D-1777   April 2019

The climbing devices, manufactured in the U.S., were sold at Aerial Adventure Technologies nationwide and online at from February 2017, through April 2019, for $1,800 and $2,100.

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled belay devices and contact C3 Manufacturing to receive a free repair. The firm contacted all known purchasers directly on October 21, 2019.

Consumers may contact C3 Manufacturing toll-free at (866) 250-5903 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. (MT) Monday through Friday, by email at or online at for more information.

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