November 11, 2014
All SureLock II Rubber Weight Pocket Handles
Aqua Lung is conducting a voluntary recall of all SureLock II rubber weight pocket handles. SureLock II is the mechanical weight release system found on most Aqua Lung buoyancy compensators (BCs) beginning in 2009 and the Apeks Black Ice. Whether you have an original rubber handle or one of the revised rubber handles from the previous recall, Aqua Lung would now like to replace it with the latest generation handle, p/n 12396. Aqua Lung is concerned about the life expectancy of both models of rubber handles. A failure may occur due to separation of the rubber, cracking, tearing or breaking. If this were to occur during a dive, the weight pocket would be left engaged inside the BC. While there are no known occurrences of this happening underwater, and there have not been any reported injuries, Aqua Lung believes that a recall is the safe and prudent thing to do. The newest generation of handle does not rely upon rubber and is considered much stronger and safer.
Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using their Aqua Lung and Apeks BCs with Sure Lock II rubber weight pocket handles. Bring the pockets to your nearest authorised Aqua Lung or Apeks Dive Retailer or Dive Centre. They will be able to replace your handles for you while you wait, as changing handles is a quick process. The replacement is made under warranty and you will not incur any charges.
Apeks Marine Equipment Ltd – Head Office Address Neptune Way, Blackburn, Lancashire, England, BB1 2BT