Backcountry Access advises Float Airbag owners to upgrade to new trigger assembly

October 16th, 2013 by

Backcountry Access (BCA) has announced a trigger upgrade to all Float packs purchased during the 2011/12 and 2012/13 seasons. The update includes the Float 30, 18, 36, 22, 32 and Throttle. BCA found that in a limited number of packs, the E-clip holding the cable assembly together can become disconnected while connecting or disconnecting the air cylinder. In this case the airbag may not deploy correctly. Contact warranty@backcountryaccess.com or call (800) 670-8735, and for an upgraded trigger assembly.

Recall Notice from Backcountry Access:

Owners of Backcountry Access (“BCA”) Float airbags shipped in 2011- 12 and 2012-13 should contact BCA to receive a new trigger assembly  for their Float Airbag. This Alert applies specifically to Float 30 Airbag  Pack, Float 18 Airbag Pack, Float 36 Airbag Pack, Float 22 – Blue, Float  22 – Black, Float 32 – Red, Float Throttle – Black. The affected trigger  assemblies have a “lot” letter on the trigger handle, and the  population includes lots A through E.

BCA has received a limited number of warranty returns in which the  retaining ring, or E-clip, on the trigger assembly has been removed or  become dislodged from the trigger cable. The E-clip can inadvertently  be removed or become dislodged in the process of connecting the  trigger assembly to the compressed air cylinder. If this occurs, the  airbag may not deploy properly when the trigger is pulled.

Please contact warranty@backcountryaccess.com or call (800) 670-8735, and BCA will send you an upgraded trigger assembly. The upgraded trigger assembly is standard on the 2013-2014 airbags and utilizes a hex crimp instead of an E-clip as a retention solution.

In addition to this retrofit, BCA recommends that all Float airbag owners perform a full system check before every backcountry outing. This includes checking your cylinder pressure, trigger pin and cover attachments. Users should also deploy their Float system at least once per season to ensure proper system function and user familiarity.

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