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Aqua Lung Safety Notice

from the November, 2017 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

I get angry if I find my regulator dumped into a rinse tank without its first-stage dust cap in place. It usually means an expensive service at a time the regulator would not otherwise have needed one.

Aqua Lung got around the problem by making some models available with an Auto Closure Device or ACD. It stopped water getting into the works. A great idea, but Aqua Lung is now conducting a voluntary product check of select regulators with the ACD yoke systems. They are concerned that at the time of manufacture, a component may not have been tightened properly, resulting in a possible gas-flow failure during a dive.

Manuel Cabrere, the Product Manager of Aqua Lung, told Undercurrent, "Please note this is not a recall; it is the step just before. Since issuing notices to service technicians, Aqua Lung has been made aware of two additional incidents and has decided to elevate our communications by going directly to our consumers . . . We found out that one of our airgun screwdrivers [on the production line] was defective, and did not tighten a component to the correct torque value consistently. In May 2017, we modified our production process to better insure the torque on the assembly is set correctly."

Models affected are the Titan LX with serial numbers prefixed E or F, the Core ACD with serial numbers prefixed E-H, and the Legend ACD or Legend LX ACD. Aqua Lung If you have one of these regulators, best get it checked out by a qualified Aqua Lung service technician before you next use it.

-- Ben Davison

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