A significant run of Black Diamond Recon LT avalanche transceivers must undergo a required firmware update, Black Diamond announced.
The need for the update sprang from an issue in which the transceivers may “unexpectedly enter search mode,” despite the rotary switch remaining in the “send” position. The finding resulted in today’s voluntary recall.
Recon LT users can solve the issue by updating their firmware to version v1.3 or later, Black Diamond said. First, they should immediately stop using their device, and follow one of the options below:
- Update the device by downloading the PIEPS app for iOS or Android devices, connect the transceiver via Bluetooth, then follow a few on-screen prompts. Click here for instructions to update via the PIEPS app.
- Send the device to Black Diamond’s service center or take it to a Black Diamond store location to perform the update free of charge.
- Request a full refund by filing a claim through Black Diamond.
The voluntary recall affects all Recon LT avalanche transceivers manufactured and sold between May 2021 and March 2023, with serial digit numbers beginning between the range of 2119-2239. You can find a Recon LT’s serial number by connecting the beacon to the PIEPS app via Bluetooth. The units retail for $350.
Black Diamond sold the transceiver as a standalone unit and as part of an avalanche safety set. For lists of affected products, frequently asked questions, and more, visit the Black Diamond Recon LT recall page.
Editor’s note: on April 27, 2023, the U.S. CPSC, and Health Canada, issued an update confirming this voluntary recall for the Black Diamond Recon LT transceivers. Full recall information can be found on the Consumer Product Safety Commission page.