October 15, 1997
Release # 98-012
|CPSC: Nicolette Humphries
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1185
CPSC, Mares America Corp. Announce Recall of
Guardian Dive Computers
WASHINGTON, D.C. - In
cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Mares America Corp.
of Norwalk, Conn., is recalling about 1,200 dive computers used to determine dive depth,
dive time and other automatic measurements during scuba diving. Guardian dive computers
can fail to function when water leaks into the battery compartment during a dive. Also,
the computer can malfunction by not automatically switching on during a dive or the
computer control buttons on the computer can fail to operate properly. These failures
could result in divers suffering decompression sickness, which can lead to significant
Mares is aware of 45 incidents of the Guardian dive computer failing to operate properly.
There have been no injuries or deaths reported involving the use of these dive computers.
The Guardian dive computer comes in two models, a wrist mount and a hose mount. The
computer is about 3 inches wide and 3 inches long. It is black and gray with yellow
buttons. "Mares" and "Guardian" are written on the frame of the
computer around the screen.
Selected Mares dive shops sold the
Guardian computers nationwide from January through August 1997 for about $400. Divers
should stop using the Guardian dive computer immediately and return it to their Mares
authorized dealer to receive a free replacement computer. For more information, contact
Mares America Corp. toll free at (800) 874-3236 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Monday through
Friday, or call any other time and leave a message.
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