Apeks

Recalled BCD Models BT1380108ML / BT1380108XLXXL – Orange Trim
Recalled BCD Models BT1380108ML / BT1380108XLXXL – Orange Trim

AquaLung recalls some Apeks branded BCDs

Name of Product:

Apeks Exotec SCUBA Diving Buoyancy Compensator Devices (BCDs)

Hazard:

The dump valve knob can get stuck when the recalled BCD is inflated, opening the dump valve which stops the BCD from fully inflating. This can result in a loss of buoyancy control and poses injury (decompression sickness) and drowning hazards.

Remedy:

Repair

Recall Date:

October 20, 2022

Units:

330

 

Apeks Exotec BCD
Apeks Exotec BCD

Apeks recalls Exotec BCD

The issue at hand

When an affected 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.

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“Air Liquide has a strong historical attachment to the business, but it’s not core,” Liberum analyst Adam Collins told Bloomberg at the time when Aqua Lung was put up for sale. “There is no strategic rationale in being part of the business.” Air Liquide is one of the largest global suppliers of gases to big industrial installations, like refineries, as well as to hospitals and patients.

AquaLung Sold To Private Equity Firm

It was the year that Air Liquide, along with Jacques Cousteau and Emile Gagnan founded 'La Spirotechnique'. This company conceived, designed and manufactured a range of scuba diving equipment, including some of the first commercially available regulators. Their first modern 'Aqua-Lung' or regulator was the CG45.