November 15, 1995
Release # 96-020
|CPSC: Kate Primo
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1187
CPSC, Trident Announce Recall of SCUBA Diving
Tank Valve Caps
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S.
Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Trident Diving Equipment, of Chatsworth,
Calif., is recalling approximately 500 screw-in DIN Tank Valve Caps. If tank pressure is
3000 psi or greater, the valve cap is not properly inserted, and the air valve is on, the
valve caps may fracture and pop out of the air tank, causing injury.
Trident is aware of one incident of injury where a valve cap allegedly popped off a tank
and struck the consumer in the hand.
The valve cap, Trident Model RP73, is intended for use on SCUBA diving compressed air
tanks to prevent sand, dirt or dust from contaminating the area around the valve. The
black plastic caps measure 1" in diameter and 1" thick. The hexagon-shaped caps
can be tethered to tanks by a string attached to a plastic eyelet in the top of the cap.
The valve caps were sold between January and June 1995 through Trident's catalog and at
dive shops nationwide. The caps cost between $2.00 and $4.00 and were packaged in
unlabeled plastic bags.
Consumers who own model RP73 caps should call Trident at (800) 234-3483 for a free
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