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New England Ropes Recalls Climbing Lines Due to Fall Hazard

Submitted by epoch on 2008-07-30

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by Jay unknown

WASHINGTON, D.C. - The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, 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.

Name of Product: Maxim Apogee and Maxim Pinnacle Dynamic Climbing Lines/Ropes

Units: About 530

Manufacturer: New England Ropes, of Fall River, Mass.

Hazard: The climbing lines can break, posing a serious fall hazard for climbers.

Incidents/Injuries: None.

Description: Two types of climbing ropes have been included in this recall, the Maxim Apogee 9.1mm and Maxim Pinnacle 9.5mm. The Maxim Apogee 9.1mm is a 48 carrier climbing rope. The colors are yellow and black, and red and yellow. The model numbers are 3411-91 and 3415-91, with date codes 060801 thru 080601. The UPC codes are: 75396312299, 75396312298, 75396312301, and 75396312300. The Maxim Pinnacle 9.5mm is a blue 48 carrier climbing rope. The Model number is 3403-95, with date codes 070201 thru 080601. The UPC codes are 75396312292 and 75396312293. The date codes and the UPC codes are on the original packaging.

Sold at: Retailers nationwide from August 2006 through June 2008 for between $180 and $262.

Manufactured in: United States

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled dynamic climbing lines and contact the manufacturer for a free replacement.

Consumer Contact: For more information, consumers can contact New England Ropes toll-free at (866) 617-9038 anytime or visit the firmís Web site at


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Ironic considering a company slogan, "performance guaranteed".
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performance doesn't have to mean good. All their really guaranteeing is that the rope will do something. So their slogan still holds true
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I dont know about that. If the rope failed while taking a fall I think I could say the ropes performance wansnt all that great. That is if I were still alive to to say it.
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Well, they've found that their product isn't living up to their guarantee, so they're replacing it at their own expense. That's following through on their promise.
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Puzzling thing is that I got the 60m 9.1mm fire red w/yellow from EMS during the recall time frame, and the tag has the same lot # and job #. However the official stance is that EMS couldn't move the longer (must be 70m) rope and had Maxim cut them down to 60m.

Suffice to say, my rope is from different materials, not in the recall. Puzzling?
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According to Dan Birch NE Ropes market manager, from an email to me on 2008-08-18:

The problem was discovered while we were doing our periodic testing of our ropes. We had a rope fail falls, which prompted us to do additional testing. As we tested our line it was discovered that there was an issue with our 9.1mm Apogee, and our 9.5mm Pinnacle Blue. We traced the problem to a fiber, and contacted the fiber manufacturer. After discussions with that fiber supplier we decided to recall the products back to when we switched to that fiber.

Currently we are continuing testing, and our testing production lots as they are being made. We have switched from that fiber on those products.

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