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November 2016    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Available to the Public Vol. 42, No. 11   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Stop Using Aqua Lung Powerline Inflators Immediately!

from the November, 2016 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

Last month Undercurrent gave warning that Aqua Lung was issuing a recall on Powerline inflators. It has now issued a recall of all 53,000 Powerline inflators sold with Aqua Lung and Apeks Black Ice BCDs since January 2015 until September of this year, when they identified the problem. That's an awful lot of inflators.

Aqua Lung says that the inflation button can remain depressed and cause the buoyancy compensators to continue inflating, resulting in an uncontrolled ascent. "This poses injury and drowning hazards to the diver." We say that an uncontrolled ascent might cause a DCS incident or worse, burst lung. Recalled Powerline inflators have a date code beginning with "H" printed on the inflator body.

The company reports that as many as 60 inflators have been found defective, continuing to inflate after the button was no longer depressed. It advises users to stop using the recalled Powerline inflators immediately and contact Aqua Lung to receive a replacement of the inflator button by an authorized Aqua Lung dealer.

Aqua Lung and Apeks recently came under new ownership after being sold by the French parent company, Air Liquide.

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