PhotoCascade Designs of Seattle, Wash., is recalling about 1,830 avalanche rescue probes in the U.S. and Canada.


The lock button on the probe can fail to engage and lock, causing the probe not to function as intended. This can interfere with finding someone buried beneath snow, posing a suffocation hazard.


No incidents or injuries have been reported.


This recall involves Mountain Safety Research Striker 320, Striker 240 avalanche rescue probes. The probe is divided into six or eight sections of 18-inch aluminum shafts that lock into place to create a single 94-inch or 126-inch probe, depending on the model.


The probe is used by searchers to help identify something or someone buried by snow after an avalanche. “Striker 320” is printed on the red and gray probe and “Striker 240” is printed on the yellow and gray probe. “MSR” is printed on the shaft.


The probes, manufactured in Korea, were sold at REI and other outdoor recreation stores nationwide and online at and other websites from September 2014, through January 2016, for between $60 and $70.


What to do


Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled probes and call Cascade Designs for instructions on receiving a refund or free replacement probe.


Consumers may contact Cascade Designs at 800-531-9531 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. (PT) on Monday through Friday or online at for more information.


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