17,000 Scuba Hoses Recalled Due to Drowning Hazard
Santa Ana-based importer and distributor XS Scuba has announced a recall of 17,000 high pressure scuba diving hoses produced by an Italian company called Miflex 2. The recall affects units that came in three different types of package: as part of a rebreather kit, a two-gauge console, and with a deluxe cylinder equalizer. All hoses will have MFX stamped on the metal at the end of the hose.
The item is used to keep tabs on cylinder pressure so as to maintain a steady air supply. The defect involves a possible rupture that compromises the flow of air to the submerged diver. This creates a drowning hazard. There have already been a somewhat staggering 189 reports of this defect occurring, but luckily there have yet to be any injuries reported.
The hoses were available from May 2009 to just this month at a number of scuba retailers across the country. They sold for between $44 and $60. Consumers are being advised not to dive with the hoses, but to instead contact Scuba XS about getting the unit replaced.
As a Ventura personal injury lawyer, I’m used to reading about recalls, but not many of them pose a drowning hazard. I guess that’s what you get though when you’re dealing with a system used during scuba diving. It’s my wish as a Fresno personal injury attorney that the thousands of persons who own this equipment are able to promptly return the item.