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Expanded DMM Cam Recall

DMM Dragon Cams PictureDMM has significantly expanded the recall, announced last year, of their Dragon Cams. The recall now covers sizes 4, 5 & 6 (last year's was just size 6). The concern is cracking in a critical aluminum component that has been discovered on sizes 5 & 6. No cracking has been discovered in size 4; however they are being recalled as a precautionary measure. DMM has improved their design, so newer models are not involved.

Size 4 & 5 Recall on DMM's website

Original recall (size 6) on DMM's website (with new images & details)

It is interesting that DMM is replacing the problem component and returning the cams to their original owners. This is an approach we have not seen before in a recall of technical climbing hardware.

DMM's information relating to the size 4 & 5 recall:



Last night (15th Feb 2011) DMM received information from a U.S retailer regarding size 5 (Blue) Dragon Cams. They have found cracks on the aluminium axle boss on 2 of the Dragon Cam size 5s they have in stock. This boss is a turned part similar to the original Dragon 6 that we recalled on the 22nd July 2010.

Dragon Cam Cracks pic



For the safety of all of our customers we are issuing an immediate recall for all Dragon Cams size 4 and 5 with turned axle bosses (see images below). At present there is no evidence that suggests the size 4 Dragon Cams are affected. However, we feel it appropriate to include them in the recall due to similarities in construction.

DMM Dragon Cam 5 image


DMM Dragon Cam 4 image

For details on how to return affected units, visit the DMM Website. It is interesting, as noted above, that DMM is repairing the recalled units and returning them. Replacement seems more common in situations such as this.

Posted by

Alex Kosseff

on 2/16/11


Great info about the recall. I bought one not too long ago, I’ll check it out to see if it needs to be sent back.

By Rick Lye on 03/19/2011 at 06:02 PM

Thanks for this post. I just checked mine and it turns out it needs to be sent back. I wouldn’t have known otherwise. Just subscribed to your RSS.

By Richard Gazaway on 03/19/2011 at 06:49 PM

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