July 2, 1997
Release # 97-151
|CPSC: Mark Ross
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1188
CPSC, Scubapro Announce Recall of G500 Second
Stage Regulators Used in Scuba Diving
WASHINGTON, D.C. -
In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Scubapro of
Sturtevant, Wis., a division of Johnson Worldwide Associates Inc., is recalling about
1,800 G500 second stage regulators used in scuba diving. The VIVA control knobs on these
regulators can detach during a dive allowing water to rush into the regulator, which could
result in a diver drowning.
Scubapro has received six reports of the VIVA control knob detaching from the regulator,
two of which occurred during a dive. No injuries have been reported.
The G500 second stage regulators involved in this recall have serial numbers less than or
equal to 13497450. The serial number is located on the bottom face of the exhaust
These products were sold in diving specialty stores nationwide from March 1997 through
June 1997 for around $300.
Consumers should immediately stop using G500 second stage regulators involved in this
recall and contact their local, authorized Scubapro dealer to arrange for a free
replacement of the VIVA control knob. All other questions should be directed to Scubapro
at (800) 467-2822. Under no circumstances should consumers dive with these regulators
until they have been repaired.
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