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Suunto Finally Settles Its Lawsuit

the results may benefit owners of its dive computers

from the October, 2018 issue of Undercurrent   Subscribe Now

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How many divers look at a computer display without really understanding what it means? Do they usually understand the difference when a computer switches from remaining no-deco-stop time to minimum ascent time? Similarly, that diver blindly following guidance from a computer might not realize the information displayed is full of errors. Even if nothing happens to the person on his dive, the manufacturer is automatically at fault for putting that diver at risk -- and even more at fault for failing to publicly disclose the errors.

That's the premise of a class action lawsuit filed by Ralph Huntzinger, from San Diego, CA, in May 2015 against Aqua Lung America. He claimed that some Suunto dive computers it distributed in North America could malfunction, and the inaccurate information they gave could be life-threatening (we first wrote about it in our August 2015 issue). Apparently, the computer defect was so prevalent that the ordinary two-year warranty for Suunto computers was extended to five years for problems related to selfdiving, incorrect depth readings, tank pressure and temperature -- but Aqua Lung didn't publicly state that it had extended the warranty....

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