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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
June 16, 1998

Release # 98-127
CPSC: Nicolette Humphries
(301) 504-0580 Ext. 1185

CPSC, Durapro Systems Announce Recall of Scuba Buoyancy Compensator Devices (BCDs)

CPSC, Durapro Systems Announce Recall of Scuba Buoyancy Compensator Devices (BCDs)WASHINGTON, D.C. - In cooperation with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Durapro Systems, of Homosassa, Fla., is recalling about 1,955 scuba buoyancy compensator devices (BCDs). Under normal scuba diving conditions, the hoses on these BCDs can separate from the jacket, and possibly cause drowning. Durapro systems is aware of three reports of these low-pressure inflator hoses separating from these BCDs. No injuries have been reported.

These recalled Durapro Systems BCDs are the Cirrus, Stratus, Aruba, Slimline and Resort. The low-pressure hoses on the BCDs, part number 302, connects the first stage regulator to the BCD power inflator valve. These hoses are identified with the following markings: "PLIOVIC MULTI PURPOSE 1/4" 1/D (6.4 mm) 250 PSI WP (1.7 MPA)...MADE IN USA...GOODYEAR."

Retail dive stores and a mail-order catalogue sold these BCDs from January 1996 through May 1998 for about $179 to $359.

Consumers who purchased one of thesea Durapro Systems BCDs should stop using it immediately. The hose from the BCD should be returned to the dive store where purchased for a free replacement hose. For additional information, consumers should call Durapro Systems toll free at (800) 345-6634 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. EDT Monday through Friday.

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission protects the public from the unreasonable risk of injury or death from 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury and for information on CPSC's fax-on-demand service, call CPSC's hotline at (800) 638-2772 or CPSC's teletypewriter at (800) 638-8270. To order a press release through fax-on-demand, call (301) 504-0051 from the handset of your fax machine and enter the release number. Consumers can report product hazards to info@cpsc.gov.

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