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Rock Climbing Safety Tool Recalled

Sep 21, 2004 | The government is recalling about 1,000 carabiners used by rock climbers.

The Consumer Product Safety Commission says the Wild Country-brand Helium carabiners can break under heavy strain, posing a risk of serious injury or death to the climber.

A carabiner a metal ring with a spring clip is used in mountaineering to attach a running rope to a piton or similar device.

No injuries have been reported.

The recalled carabiners were sold under the following model names: Helium Dyneema, Helium DYN QD 5 X 13, Helium Clean Wire, and Oxygen-Helium.

They are marked with batch codes AAA, AAB, AAC, AAD, AAE, and AAF.

"Wild Country" and the model name are written on the carabiners.

Recreational sports stores nationwide sold the recalled carabiners from April 2004 through July 2004 for between $11 and $25.

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