One of rock climbing’s most iconic brands issued a recall last week for 3,550 sets of cable chocks. Wild Country issued the recall through the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission on July 20, notifying owners that some of its Superlight Rocks could weaken and break due to corrosion when exposed to “seaside conditions.”
Affected products include Superlight Rocks (model number 40-RSL) and Superlight Rocks Set 1-6 (model number 40-RSLSET), according to the recall notice.
The defect could pose a fall hazard to climbers, making it imperative that owners of these products stop using them immediately to avoid the possibility of harm. However, no injuries have been reported in the U.S. so far.
Wild Country Recall: Details and Remedy
The affected Superlight Rocks were sold as a set of six and also individually in six different sizes and colors including:
- Size 1 purple
- Size 2 green
- Size 3 silver
- Size 4 gold
- Size 5 blue
- Size 6 red
Of the 3,550 recalled products, about 225 were sold in Canada. The brand name, product name, and batch code are located on the swage on the chock, Wild Country said.
Consumers should contact Wild Country to coordinate free shipment for a free replacement. Owners of the affected products may choose to have their recalled Superlight Rocks replaced immediately with the Wild Country Rocks 40-RWA or the new Superlight Rocks available in September 2023.
The products have been available at REI, MEC, and other specialty outdoor stores nationwide. They were also available online at www.wildcountry.com, www.backcountry.com, and www.campsaver.com from January 2017 through February 2023. Prices ranged from $14 to $16 for individual chocks and about $80 for a set of six.
You can contact Wild Country at 844-412-7013 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Mountain Time from Monday through Friday. Email the company at SuperlightRockRecall@wildcountry.com or visit its recall page online.