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Ocean Equipment recalls diving inflation valves

The internal part in the valve can malfunction while in use

Shell diving inflation valve
Photo source: CPSC
Ocean Equipment of Canada is recalling about 1,700 shell diving inflation valves with int’l nipples for diving dry suits.

An internal part in the valve can malfunction while in use, causing loss of inflation and thermal protection. This could pose a risk of hypothermia to users.

The firm has received three reports of the valve part malfunctioning, resulting in a loss of inflation in the dry suit. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves the shell inflation valves with int'l nipples that come with diving dry suits, but the part is also sold separately. The shell inflation valve is used in recreational and technical diving to inflate the diving dry suit to allow the diver to equalize air pressure while descending in the water by pressing on the valve; it also provides thermal protection to the diver.

A list of the recalled model numbers and batch codes, stamped on the inside of the recalled valve, may be found here. Instructions on how to find and identify the batch code can be found at www.sitech.se.

The diving inflation valves, manufactured in Sweden, were sold at Underwater Development in Tulalip, Washington; Aquala Diving in Shreveport, Louisiana; Underwater Sports in Seattle, Washington; and other dealers, dive centers, dive suit manufacturers, and distributors nationwide from April 2019, through May 2021, for about $100.

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using the dry suits with the recalled inflation valve and contact Ocean Equipment to receive a notification form and shipping information to return the recalled valve free of charge.

The valve part will be replaced by trained technicians who are exclusively authorized to update the valve with a free replacement valve part.

Consumers may contact Ocean Equipment by phone at (800) 657-7736 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. (PT) Monday through Friday, by email at sitech@oceanequipment.ca, or online here. Consumers can click on Recall Notice at the top of the company's webpage for more information.

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