Black Diamond via ferrata sets are NOT affected by safety recalls
Via ferrata sets from several companies have recently been involved in a series of recalls due to safety concerns.
Both of Black Diamond Equipment’s via ferrata sets Easy Rider and Iron Cruiser:
• are not included in any recalls.
• meet all CE & UIAA requirements for via ferrata.
• may continue to be used with confidence.
To see what via ferrata systems are currently under recall, click here. If you need a new via ferrata set that is not affected by the safety recall, please visit your local Black Diamond dealer or use our dealer search to find the nearest dealer that has Easy Rider or Iron Cruiser sets in stock.
As always, we strongly encourage everyone to read and follow the manufacturer’s instructions regarding proper use, inspection, lifespan and retirement of your via ferrata set. Here is further information from BD instructions regarding inspection, retirement and lifespan of BD via ferrata sets:
The maximum lifespan of Black Diamond products is as follows: up to 10 years from the date of manufacture for plastic and textile products, and indefinite for metal products. With normal use and proper care, the typical lifespan of a metal product is three to ten years, and the typical lifespan of a textile product is two to five years. The actual lifespan of your gear can be longer or shorter depending on how frequently you use it and on the conditions of its use.
Inspect your gear for signs of damage and wear before and after each use. Damaged gear must be retired and destroyed to prevent future use.
Factors that reduce the lifespan of climbing gear: Falls, abrasion, wear, prolonged exposure to sunlight, saltwater/air, harsh environments.
Before and after each use, unzip the package and remove the energy-absorption webbing to inspect it.
Retire the system if the energy-absorption lanyard:
• is cut, worn, melted or abraded
• stitching is broken or show signs of wear
• has any amount of energy-absorption webbing separated
If your Black Diamond energy-absorption system and carabiners have been involved in a fall, but are not obviously damaged, they still may be ready for retirement. If you have any doubts about the dependability of any of your gear, retire it. Anytime you retire a piece of gear, destroy it to prevent future use.