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Avalanche Airbag Recall

snowpulse avalanche airbag cartridge recall

Snowpulse has announced a recall of their Avalanche Airbags impacting about 3,800 sold in the US and Canada. A leak in the airbag's cartridge can result in the airbag not deploying in the event of an avalanche. The effected units are model years 2008 and 2010 sold between 2008 and April 2012. Snowpulse will provide a replacement cartridge to owners. Snowpulse's products are primarily used by backcountry skiers, snowboarders, and snowmobilers.

According to Snowpulse's website: "On July 1, 2011, Mammut Sports Group AG acquired the Swiss avalanche airbag specialists Snowpulse AG. In the meantime, that company’s production and quality processes have been analyzed and brought up to the level of Mammut’s own quality standards. In the process, it was found that the measures Snowpulse AG had previously taken to assure quality with respect to this problem did not meet Mammut’s high standards."

It is good to see Mammut stepping into the development of this emerging safety technology and taking responsiblity for the reliablity of products produced prior to their aquisition of Snowpulse.

Snowpulse's website has details
not included in the CPSC recall release included below. Health Canada also is also involved in the recall and their release is here.

Below is content from the US Consumer Product Safety Commission website.

OSI has no control over and is not responsible for the content of this release. 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. Please contact the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, other agencies listed on, Health Canada or the product manufacturer if you need any additional information regarding a specific recall.

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OSI Staff

on 9/4/12


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