The product recall notice (below) was recently posted by the Consumer Product Safety Commission CSPC and dated March 22, 2011. However the actual recall was instituted last year by Ocean Technology Systems (OTS) and the CPSC. Because of changes in the CPSC notice from the original documents, the CPSC reposted the recall notice with no indication that it is an older recall. Besides the normal recall procedures undertaken last year, OTS told us that they took the extra step to contact all mask owners directly to make sure they new about the issue. Other news outlets, upon receipt of the recent posting are also announcing it as if it was new. OTS is getting a spike in calls.
FULL LISTING FROM CPSC POSTING:
Ocean Technology Systems Recalls Guardian Full-Face Diving Masks Due to Drowning Hazard
WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.
Name of Product: Guardian full-face diving masks
Units: About 1,700 in the U.S. and 80 in Canada
Manufacturer: Undersea Systems International Inc. dba Ocean Technology Systems, of Santa Ana, Calif.
Hazard: The purge assembly on the diving mask can disengage from the regulator, resulting in loss of air to the diver. This poses a drowning hazard to the consumer.
Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received one report of a disengaged assembly. No injuries have been reported.
Description: This recall involves Guardian full-face diving masks with serial numbers 9051284 through 10070954. The serial number is printed on the main regulator body. The diving masks were sold in various colors. The Ocean Technology Systems’ logo is affixed to the front of the mask.
Sold by: Diving equipment retailers and direct sales nationwide from September 2010 through November 2010 for about $800.
Manufactured in: Taiwan
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the diving masks and contact Ocean Technology Systems for instructions on conducting a test of the regulator and returning the masks for a free repair.
Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Ocean Technology Systems toll-free at (877) 270-1984 anytime, or visit the firm’s website at www.otscomm.com. Consumers can also email the firm at email@example.com
Note: Health Canada’s press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1299
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 22, 2011
Firm’s Recall Hotline: (877) 270-1984
CPSC Recall Hotline: (800) 638-2772
CPSC Media Contact: (301) 504-7908
HC Media Contact: (613) 957-2983