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Innovative Scuba Concepts Recalls Dive Regulator Swivel Due To Drowning Hazard
Underwatertimes.com News Service
May 31, 2007 18:10 EST

Innovative Scuba reports one incident with the regulator swivel failing

WASHINGTON, D.C. -- Innovative Scuba Concepts is recalling about 170 scuba regulator swivels.

The swivel, which is attached to a diving regulator, could separate while diving. This will result in a complete and sudden loss of the diver’s air supply, causing the diver to engage in emergency ascent procedures.

This poses a risk of decompression sickness due to rapid ascent, and air embolism or drowning if the diver panics or the emergency ascent procedure fails.

The firm has received one report where the swivel separated during a dive and caused the diver to ascend using the buddy breathing technique. No injury was reported.

The recall involves the HO110 Swivels sold as an aftermarket regulator component. There are no markings such as a date or production code embossed on the unit. Contact Innovative Scuba Concepts for information on where the recalled units were sold.

The units were sold at specialty retail dive stores nationwide from January 2006 through March 2007 for about $40. They also could have been installed by a dive shop regulator technician.

Consumers should stop using regulators with the swivel attached and contact the dive store where purchased for a refund.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Innovative Scuba Concepts Inc. at (800) 472-2740 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or visit the firm’s Web site at www.innovativescuba.com.

The recall is being conducted in cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).