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October 2016    Download the Entire Issue (PDF) Available to the Public Vol. 31, No. 10   RSS Feed for Undercurrent Issues
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Stop Using Zeagle Grace and Zeagle Element BCDs Immediately

from the October, 2016 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

If the bladder of your BCD were suddenly to split open when you fully inflated it on the surface, the dramatic loss of buoyancy would cause you to plunge to the depths. It seems a Zeagle BCD bladder does just that.

Huish Outdoors has issued an urgent voluntary recall of nearly 1500 Zeagle Grace and Element BCD models due to the risk of the welded seams of the buoyancy bladders splitting and precipitating a sudden calamitous air loss. This would cause a dramatic loss of flotation and obvious risk. The manufacturer has stated (at the time of writing) that it has received only a single report of such a seam failure without incurring any injuries to the user. If you have a Zeagle Grace or Element BCD, stop using it immediately.

Zeagle Grace BCDs can be recognized by the logo Z/Grace on the right-side pocket and left shoulder. The words "Zeagle Sport" are featured on the left-side pocket. Similarly, the Zeagle Element has the logo Z/Element on the right-side pocket and the words "Zeagle Sport" on the left-side pocket.

With no option for bladder replacement, Huish is offering owners a free upgrade to an alternative product. Return your recalled model to your Zeagle dealer for a replacement. You can also send your recalled Grace or Element BCD directly to Huish Outdoors (tel: 888-270-8595). More information is available at www.zeagle.com/recall

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