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Yes, Another High-Pressure Hose Recall

from the February, 2013 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

Doesn't it seem like we announce a dangerous high pressure hose problems every other month? This time, it's A-Plus Marine Supply, which says its hoses, which connect a regulator to the tank's pressure gauge, can separate, cutting the air supply.

Here's what Eric Duntz, president of A-Plus Marine Supply, wrote us about the recall: "As of the date of the recall release, we have, through our sales records, recovered all but roughly 40 hoses. The hoses we are not able to trace have been sold through various retail dive stores that cannot trace the end users. The hose problem came to our attention via a retail store that we sold to. It reported that the hoses in question were installed and, luckily, failed as soon as they were pressurized. As soon as this happened, we started to collect that lot number of hoses. The hose crimp was not done properly by the manufacturer [based in Taiwan]."

These hoses are very distinct, as they are datecoded. The 40 hoses outstanding were sold between April and June 2012. They have the phrase "Scuba Diving High Pressure hose I.D. 3/16" (4.76 mm) W.P. 5000 PSI Exceeds SAE 100RT braid with Kevlar fiber from Dupont," printed in white lettering on the black rubber hose's outer covering. The hoses have metal fittings on each end. "CE EN 250 230" is stamped on the female side of the fitting, and "12Q1" on the male side (see the recall notice at www.aplusmarine.com ).

Those with recalled hoses can contact A-Plus Marine for a free replacement. Duntz says the new ones now have a stainless steel crimp. Call A-Plus Marine at (800) 352-2360, or send Duntz an email at eric@aplusmarine.com

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