posted by dpm on 06/22/2011
Petzl is recalling all GRIGRI 2's with the first five digits of the serial number falling between 10326 and 11136 following a few recent incidents of handles breaking and causing a potentially hazardous condition. Seven recorded incidents thus far have occurred though none have resulted in injuries. The defect is apparently caused by pulling back too hard on the lever when lowering. This can cause an internal mechanism to break, lodging the cam in the 'open' position. This disengagement of the cam causes the Grigri to act much like a tube style belay device where if the belayer lets go of the brake strand the climber will fall. If used properly, never letting go of the brake strand, the danger of dropping your climber is minimal. Petzl is recalling all Grigri 2's with the specified serial numbers and replacement and shipping cost are free of charge.
If you own a Grigri 2, Petzl encourages you to immediately stop use and check the serial number on the device to determine if yours in particular falls under the recall. Simply lift the handle of the Grigri and read the serial number below as shown in the following picture. If the first five digits of your serial number fall between the number 10326 and 11136 you have a potentially defective Grigri that should be exchanged with Petzl immediately.
Update: a note from Petzl communications manager, Justin Roth:
"Although the risk of an incident due to the issue with the GRIGRI 2's handle is small, the safety of end-users is the primary concern of everyone here at Petzl. Whether your GRIGRI 2 is damaged or not, if its serial number falls in the range from 10326 to 11136, we ask you to return it. Here at Petzl America, we have added new staff and developed new systems to deal with the surge in communications and to make sure everyone gets their replacement GRIGRI 2’s as quickly as possible."
For more information on how to exchange check the Petzl website here: