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Black Diamond Recalls Climbing Ascenders Due to a Fall Hazard

Emma D'Arpino5 months ago

According to the Consumer Product Safe Commission (CPSC), a recall of Black Diamond Index Ascenders for climbing and mountaineering was issued due to a falling hazard

About the Climbing Ascenders Recall

The recall was issued because the rivet holding the toothed cam on the Index Ascender can release, allowing the ascender to slide on the rope or become detached from the rope, creating a falling hazard to climbers. 

Thus far, no injuries or deaths related to the recalled Index Ascenders have been reported. 

Consumer should stop using the recalled ascendersand contact Black Diamond for further instructions.

Description of the Recalled Climbing Ascenders

All information is provided by the CPSC. 

  • About 2,800 of the recalled Index Ascenders were sold in the U.S. and 300 were sold in Canada.
  • The metal ascenders are either orange with a black and gray grip, or silver with a black and gray grip.
  • The recall covers Index Ascenders that have a manufacturing code number from 4356 to 6015 (the code is located on the frame of the ascenders and Black Diamond is imprinted on both sides of the handles)
  • The recalled Index Ascenders were sold at Eastern Mountain Sports, Moosejaw Mountaineering, Outdoors Inc., REI, Sport Chalet, and other specialty outdoor stores nationwide, as well as online at and, for about $80. 


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