Mountain climbing camming anchor recalled
April 18, 2006
Colorado Custom Hardware
(CCH) Inc., of Laramie, Wyo., has announced
recall of about 4,100 camming
anchors (also known as "Alien Cams")
used in climbing. Consumers should stop using
recalled products immediately unless otherwise
The cables that support climbers using
these devices can fail, causing climbers
CCH Inc. has received one report of an
anchor cable failing a climber during use.
These camming anchors, or 'Alien Cams,'
are devices used as both a precautionary
measure to stop a climber in the event of
falls, or it is used to actually support
the climber. Climbers insert the device into
cracks or crevasses in rock and it grips
the sides of the crack.
The recalled units
are marked with a small centre punch dimple
at the base of the round ball where the
axle goes through the cable eye.
The recalled units have
production dates, from November 2004 (written
as 1104) through December 2005 (written
as 1205), which can be found on the bottom
of the handle puller.
Manufactured in the U.S., the affected
products were sold at climbing stores and
via web retailers from November 2004 through
Consumers should stop using these devices
immediately and contact the firm for instructions
on how to have the units repaired.
For additional information, call the firm at
(800) 776-9185 between 8:00 a.m. and 5:00 p.m.
MT Monday through Friday, or visit CCH's