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One of the highest rated avalanche beacons is being recalled.

 

We know that its costly for a company to have a massive recall on a product,

but obviously Pieps knows that the cost is much higher if this beacon fails. 

 

 

 

 

 

From Pieps

 

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Effectively immediately, PIEPS is recalling all PIEPS VECTOR avalanche transceivers due to functional issues that may not be readily apparent to the user. This RECALL affects all PIEPS VECTOR transceivers.

PIEPS has discovered that the functionality of the VECTOR does not conform to our quality standards and strict requirements for “Premium Alpine Performance”. Safety and reliability have top priority! In order to prevent any risks to users, PIEPS has decided to implement this recall. Please stop using the PIEPS VECTOR immediately.

This recall applies to the PIEPS VECTOR only. All other PIEPS transceivers are not affected by this recall. 

 

 

Read more at Snowbrains

 

 

 

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One of the highest rated avalanche beacons [...]

No, not "highest rated" at all.  

(The website you linked to does claim that, "the PIEPS Vector avalanche beacon is one of the highest rated avalanche beacons of all-time and it has recently been ranked as the one of the top 2 or 3 beacons on Earth." but this is far from accurate.  Most reviews based on actual in-the-field use of anything other that beta units have reflected more like general befuddlement.  The only glowingly positive review I could find from any sort of comprehensive comparison was from a website with statements so flawed about how beacons work that I don't want to repeat it.)

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[...]a massive recall on a product [...]

No, not massive at all.

(Distribution and sales of this product have been very limited.)

 

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Originally Posted by Trekchick View Post

 

[...] but obviously Pieps knows that the cost is much higher if this beacon fails. 

Even aside from whatever specific flaw has precipitated this recall, the Vector was already off to a rather inauspicious debut (and this after years of delay).

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