ORTOVOX Recalls Avalanche Transceiver Due To Loss of Emergency Communications Capability

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Name of product: ORTOVOX S1+ Avalanche Transceiver

Hazard: The S1+ hardware can fail, resulting in an inability to transmit a discoverable signal during an emergency situation, even as the unit appears to be powered on and functioning properly.

Remedy: Repair

Consumer Contact: Deuter USA toll-free at (877) 384-9252 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, e-mail at ortovox.warranty@deuterusa.com or online at ortovox.com and click on the “S1+ Avalanche Transceiver Recall” box for more information.

Recall Details

Units: About 3,000


The ORTOVOX S1+ transceiver is used as a beacon to locate an individual in the event of avalanche burial. The flip-case design transceiver is black with green accent stripes on the top sides. ORTOVOX and S1+ are printed on the top of the device. In the open/receive position the top half of the transceiver displays a blue screen with green border that displays an image and distance reading of the buried individual. The transceivers measure about 5 inches long by 3 inches wide by 1 inch thick in the closed/transmit position. All transceivers manufactured from 2010 through 2014 are included in the recall. The manufacture date is printed inside the battery door on the back of the transceiver with a roman numeral representing the quarter of the year and a two digit number referring to the year.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported.

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the recalled S1+ transceiver beacons immediately and return them to ORTOVOX for a free repair.

Sold at: Outdoor specialty retailers, ski shops and directly nationwide from July 2010 through April 2015 for about $490.

Importer(s): Deuter USA, of Longmont, Colo.

Distributor(s): Ortovox, of Taufkirchen, Germany

Manufactured in: Germany

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