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Sea Elite Systems recalls buoyancy control devices due to drowning hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Sea Elite Systems Buoyancy Control Devices (BCD)

Units: About 405 in the U.S. and 48 in Canada

Importer: WRK Enterprises dba Edge Dive Gear of Macon, Ga.

Hazard: The spring in the over-pressure valve can corrode and break preventing the buoyancy control device from retaining air, posing a drowning hazard to consumers.

Incidents/Injuries: None

Description: This recall affects Sea Elite Scout and Profile model BCDs.

The Scout is a jacket-style BCD made of lightweight nylon and is foldable. It is black with blue accents on the lower sides. The word "Scout" is printed in white letters on the right front and the words "Sea Elite" are on a flap over the corrugated hose. Scout BCDs within the following serial number ranges are affected by this recall: 001229 to 001244 and 001246 to 001489. The serial number is printed on a tag in the front pocket.

The Profile is a jacket-style BCD made of heavyweight nylon. It is black with blue on the lower sides. The word "Profile" is printed in white letters on the right front and the words "Sea Elite" are on a flap over the corrugated hose. Profile BCDs with serial numbers in the table below are affected by this recall.

Sea Elite Profile BCD Serial Numbers

000700 to 000729

000733 to 000763

000765 to 000772

000879

001490 to 001560

001562 to 001565

The serial number is printed on a tag in the front pocket.

Sold at: Divers Supply Store locations nationwide and online at www.divers-supply.com in Canada from May 2009 through October 2010 for about $199 to $250

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the BCDs and return them to an authorized Sea Elite Systems dealer for a free spring replacement at no charge.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, contact Chris Richardson at 1-888-370-3483 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET, Monday through Friday, or visit the Edge Dive Gear website at www.edge-gear.com

Note: Health Canada's press release is available at http://cpsr-rspc.hc-sc.gc.ca/PR-RP/recall-retrait-eng.jsp?re_id=1330

To see this recall on CPSC's web site, including pictures of the recalled products, please go to: http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml11/11209.html

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