Climbers who own Omega Pacific carabiners should check the model numbers immediately. Omega Pacific sold about 1,900 at-risk ‘biners in North America.
Omega Pacific, a climbing gear manufacturer based in Washington, last week voluntarily recalled six models of its G-FIRST series aluminum carabiners. A critical link between ropes and harnesses, or in belay or rappel anchors, the locking carabiners can “break while in use,” according to the brand. This poses “a risk of injury or death to the user.”
As yet, no incidents or injuries have been reported.
What To Do If You Own Omega Pacific Carabiners
Affected carabiners were sold at Arizona Hiking Shack, Atlantic Diving Supply, Austin Canoe & Kayak, Columbus Supply, Dvbe Supply, Evac Systems, General Factory/WD Supply, Lafco Outillage, The Rescue Source, Witmer Associates (Firestone) stores nationwide, and online at omega.com between February 2017 and October 2017 and cost $31–51.
The ‘biners have the marking “Omega-17 UL Classified USA” printed on the front and “Meets NFPA 1983 17ED MBS kN 40 G” on the back.
The two-digit lot code “OD” marks the bottom of the spine. Omega sold them individually in silver, black, and red.
If you suspect you have one of the recalled carabiners, stop using it and contact Omega Pacific at 800-360-3990 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, email firstname.lastname@example.org, or visit www.omegapac.com.
The brand offers a free replacement or a full refund.