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Salewa Harnesses Recalled

Salewa VERTIGO 400 ALPINDONNA Climbing HarnessThe European climbing manufacturer Salewa has voluntarily recalled the Vertigo 400 Alpindonna Climbing Harness (pictured to the left) and the Civetta II full body climbing harness. It is unclear how broadly these models were distributed in North America. The Vertigo recall applies only to "Batch 2009," while the Civetta II recall applies to all units prior to 2012. Testing on samples of the harness has revealed some "deviations from standards," and Salewa is not reporting any injuries related to their products.

The following is a statement from Salewa's website:

SALEWA tests its safety products at regular intervals to be able to guarantee the highest possible standards of quality and safety. In the course of these tests, we checked the load bearing capacity of the SALEWA Civetta II full-body harness and the Vertigo 400 Alpindonna harness. Some deviations from standards were identified in a few individual harnesses during these tests.
To rule out any possible risk for the user, SALEWA has decided to recall some Civetta II full-body harnesses and Vertigo 400 Alpindonna harnesses as a precautionary measure.

The following harnesses are being recalled:

Item number: 0790 (also included in Via Ferrata Kits 0955, 0946, 0706)
Batch number: all batches before 01/12 are affected
All harnesses with an identification mark from 2012 are NOT affected.

Item number: 0799
Batch number: 2009 (only batch 2009 is affected)

If you own one of the above Civetta II full-body harnesses or Vertigo 400 Alpindonna harnesses, please visit your specialist retailer and exchange this product for a new harness.

For complete and up to date information on this recall, please visit Salewa's recall page here.

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OSI has no control over and is not responsible for the content of the statements from Salewa. This website presents selected outdoor product recalls that may be of interest to our readers. This is not a complete list of product recalls. For complete listings of official product recalls visit (US) or Health Canada (this specific Salewa recall has not, at this point, been published via these government channels).

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OSI Staff

on 8/3/12


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