January 30, 2002
Custom Buoyancy Has Recalled Scuba Diving Devices
-Custom Buoyancy Inc.
has recalled about
7,700 overpressure valves (OPV) used with buoyancy control systems. The
overpressure valve can stick in the open position, posing a drowning hazard
CPSC and CBI have received three reports of the valves sticking open. No
injuries have been reported.
The recalled overpressure valve is installed on buoyancy control systems
with the following brand names: Diving Unlimited International (DUI),
International Divers, Ocean Management Systems, Rip Tide and Steam Machines.
Brand names and logos are printed on the epaulettes and pockets. These
buoyancy control systems come in two versions, a jacket style and a wings
style. The date code, printed on an instructional label sewn to the buoyancy
control system, is the first four numbers after the brand name abbreviation.
The first two numbers indicate the month and the second two numbers indicate
the year. The recall includes date codes from October 2000 through June
2001. Valves with an asterisk below the serial number are not involved in
Authorized CBI distributors sold the buoyancy control systems with the
overpressure valves nationwide from October 2000 through November 2001 for
Consumers should stop using the buoyancy control systems with these
overpressure valves immediately and contact the CBI dealer where purchased
for a free replacement valve. For more information, consumers can contact
CBI at (866) 790-5099 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday.
Consumers also can visit the firm's web site at www.custombuoyancy.com.
Diving Unlimited International (DUI) Inc., an authorized CBI dealer,
recalled buoyancy control systems with these overpressure valves in December