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BCA Recalls Avy Beacons: Switches ‘May Fall Off’

Backcountry Access today announced a voluntary recall of a ‘small number’ of Tracker4 Avalanche Transceivers due to a plastics defect.

Boulder, Colo.’s Backcountry Access (BCA) today recalled some avalanche beacons because their on/off switches may fall off. The company termed the problem a “plastics production issue,” and issued a voluntary recall for the affected units.

It impacts certain Tracker4 beacons with serial numbers that start with 21H05 or 21H06 sold after June 1, 2021. Owners may have purchased the beacons as a part of a Tracker4 rescue package or as standalone units.

According to BCA’s statement, the defect “may result in the switch falling off the transceiver.” If that happened, the user would lose the ability to turn the device on and off. In that event, they could lose the ability to transmit or search for a discoverable signal in an avalanche.

BCA said it had received no incident reports in which the Tracker4 switch issue contributed to a fatality, injury, “or other damage” as of this writing.

The company advises owners of affected units to stop using them immediately. To determine whether a unit is included in the recall, look for the serial number inside the battery door.

If it begins with 21H05 or 21H06, BCA will replace it with a new unit at no cost.


To register for a free replacement unit, fill out the Tracker4 replacement form on the BCA website.

The company reported it is cooperating with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) and Health Canada in its recall process.

Sam Anderson

Sam Anderson is a staff writer at GearJunkie, and several other All Gear websites.

He has been writing about climbing, cycling, running, wildlife, outdoor policy, the outdoor industry, vehicles, and more for 2 years. Prior to GearJunkie, he owned and operated his own business before freelancing at GearHungry. Based in Austin, Texas, Anderson loves to climb, boulder, road bike, trail run, and frequent local watering holes (of both varieties).