Recall Information

APEKS EXOTEC Buoyancy Control Device (BCD)  -    29.06.2022 

Dear Customer, 

Aqualung Group is conducting a recall on a limited number of its EXOTEC BCD that have been produced and distributed on the market since August 2021. The recall concerns four models where it has been identified that the said BCD should have a longer “Pull Cord”, as shown in Fig2 below. Fig 1 shows the affected model with the shorter length cord.

Why is this a problem?

When the BCD is inflated, the grey pull dump knob retracts towards the stitched channel of the jacket. The channel then prevents the knob from further retracting and slightly opens the dump valve. As a result, the BCD cannot be fully inflated, which could lead to a lack of buoyancy control

Fig 1. With Short Pull Cord

Fig 2. With correct length Pull Cord

Instructions for Customers :

  • Customers are kindly asked to :

  • Immediately stop using their EXOTEC BCD if it is one of the affected models as per the “Identification guide” provided hereunder
  • Immediately return it to the Specialized Dealer where they bought the unit; the Dealer will make the necessary adjustments in accordance with the Instructions provided in this communication to allow the device to perform correctly.
  • Alternatively, you can send the affected BCD for repair at Aqualung Technical Center – After Sales, 1ère Avenue – 14ème rue BP148, 06513 CARROS CEDEX – FRANCE.

 

If you have any questions, do not hesitate to contact customer service at the following address:  support@aqualung.com.

Thank you for your understanding and unwavering support.

The Aqualung Team

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IDENTIFICATION GUIDE FOR PRODUCTS CONCERNED BY THE RECALL & INSTRUCTIONS FOR REPAIR

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A.    IDENTIFICATION OF PRODUCTS CONCERNED BY THIS RECALL

The total of four models have been identified to be affected by this issue. Please refer to the below references to verify if your BCD is concerned by this recall:

1)    Models & Serial numbers of the affected EXOTEC BCDs are:

Model BC, APEKS EXOTEC, BLK/ORANGE, ML/LG having an article number (CPN) BT1380108ML and bearing one of the below serial numbers:

BB831728

TO

BB831757

BB831758

TO

BB831787

BB832298

TO

BB832327

BB832508

TO

BB832537

BB832598

TO

BB832627

BB832538

TO

BB832567

BB836899

TO

BB836928

BB837109

TO

BB837138

BB837334

TO

BB837363

BB839055

TO

BB839084

BB839295

TO

BB839324

BB839475

TO

BB839504

BB845500

TO

BB845529

BB848615

TO

BB848644

 

Model BC, APEKS EXOTEC, BLK/ORANGE, XL/XXL having an article number (CPN) BT1380108XLXXL and bearing one of the below serial numbers:

BB833639

TO

BB833668

BB836239

TO

BB836268

BB838905

TO

BB838934

BB839785

TO

BB839814

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Model BC, APEKS EXOTEC, BLK/GREY,ML/LG having an article number (CPN) BT1380110ML and bearing one of the below serial numbers:

BB835004

TO

BB835033

BB835154

TO

BB835183

BB836449

TO

BB836478

BB836659

TO

BB836688

BB845395

TO

BB845424

BB845740

TO

BB845769

BB845950

TO

BB845979

BB846625

TO

BB846654

BB849050

TO

BB849079

BB847360

TO

BB847389

BB849725

TO

BB849754

BB852344

TO

BB852373

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Model BC, APEKS EXOTEC, BLK/GREY, XL/XXL having an article number (CPN) BT1380110XLXXL and bearing one of the below serial numbers:

BB840775

TO

BB840804

BB841015

TO

BB841044

BB841255

TO

BB841284

BB841375

TO

BB841404

BB841735

TO

BB841764

BB842950

TO

BB842979

BB843160

TO

BB843189

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

2)    Where to find the Serial Number.

Location of Serial Number on the product

B.    INSTRUCTIONS FOR REPAIR OF EXOTEC BCD RIGHT SHOULDER PULL CORD ISSUE: TO BE PROVIDED TO THE SPECIALIZED DEALER / NOT TO BE USED BY END USERS

INSPECTION: Review the right shoulder pull cord as illustrated below. The BCD must be fully inflated.

Fig 1 is an example of too little space between the pull-knob and the cord channel.

Fig 2 shows a properly spaced right shoulder pull cord.

**Proper spacing should be 1” (2.5 cm) + .25” (.6 cm)

Fig 1                                                                                   Fig2

Required Tools

Ruler
Needle nose pliers
Chalk/marker

Preparation

It is best to work on a flat table large enough to accommodate the BC.

 

Corrective Action

Step 1: Deflate entirely the BCD to easily access the cord’s knot. Slide the pull-knob back to expose the knot and untie the knot (using needle nose pliers will aid this process).

        

 

ATTENTION: It is important that the washer remains on the cord when tying the new knot.

 

Step 2: Inflate entirely the BCD. Lightly pull on the cord until it is taut, but don’t pull hard enough to open the dump valve. Measure 1” (2.5 cm) from the edge of the cord channel or webbing loop and mark the cord with white chalk or some other marking pen. Then make another mark 1.5” (3.75 cm) from the edge of the cord channel.

            

 

Step 3: Make sure that the pull knob and the plastic washer, in that order, are back on the cord before tying the new knot. Fold the cord at the 1.5" (3.75 cm) mark. Tie a double overhand knot as shown. The knot should be .5" (1.25 cm) from the 1" (2.5 cm) mark. Pull down on the pull knob so it sits snugly against the knot.

 

Step 4: Check the pull knob position, which should be approximately 1" (2.5 cm) ± 1/4" (.6 cm) from the cord channel. Don’t forget that the BCD must be fully inflated when measuring the cord.

 

Step 5: After confirming that the cord length is correct, cut the cord leaving about a 1/2" (1.3 cm) tail. Using a match or lighter, momentarily burn the end of the cord to prevent it from fraying. As soon as the cord begins to “melt”, remove the flame.

Step 6: As a final step, still with the BCD fully inflated, pull the right shoulder strap up and down to make sure there is no air leakage.

 

Finally, take note of the serial number from the repaired BCD and send it to

contact.SAV@aqualung.com   Reference “EXOTEC UPDATE”

Thank you for your continued support

The Aqualung Team.