Sunday, July 23, 2006

Suunto Dive Computers Recalled After Decompression Hazard




Suunto Dive Computers Recalled After Decompression Hazard


The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission in conjunction with Suunto Oy, of Finland, is issuing a voluntary recall for 3,900 Suunto D9 and D6 Model Wristop Dive Computers.

Suunto has found that these dive computers could incorrectly track dive time, which could cause incorrect calculation of decompression requirements, possibly leading to decompression illness.

There have been no incidents or injuries reported but the company still feels the product is unsafe.

The dive computers in question are the D9 and D6 diving instruments which are advanced, gas-switching, multi-mode, decompression dive wristop computers.
The products included are: the D9 model with serial numbers 62102582 and below; and the D6 model with serial numbers 62103693 and below. The serial number is located on the side of the product. The model number is located on the back of the product.

The computers were sold at diving specialty shops nationwide, as well as various Web sites, from September 2004 through June 2006 for about $1,275 for the D9 (without wireless transmitter) and $900 for the D6.

Divers should only use these dive computers with backup instrumentation and should bring the recalled units to the nearest authorized Suunto dealer for a software update to correct the problem. A free battery replacement and pressure testing will be provided as part of the free software update service. All updated products will be marked with an indelible white dot on the back of the unit, or with an engraved "U" near the serial number.

Consumer Contact: For additional information and a list of authorized retailers, visit Suunto's Web site at www.suunto.com, call Suunto at (800) 543-9124 between 8 a.m. and 4 p.m. ET Monday through Thursday, and between 8 a.m. and 12 p.m. Friday, or email the firm at SuuntoD9-D6@nordictelecenter.fi