It has come to Teufelberger's attention that “in an extremely small quantity (0.00005% = 1 out of 2 million) of COBRA ® buckles there may exist parts where the rivets have not been press fixed.
The probability of occurrence is low. The Austrian authorities therefore estimate the risk as so low that no regulatory risk report was published. The supplier of the buckles bears the responsibility for further action and reports to the authorities.
We point out that rivets that were not press fixed may become lose and the buckle may open consequently.
The supplier of the buckles published a very straightforward manual for a visual check (see excerpt below). All buckles that were produced before mid-January 2016 are potentially affected.
Teufelberger use these buckles treeMOTION (art.no. 7333210) & spare parts thereof (left or right leg loop, art.no. 7333206 and 7333207). Teufelberger is currently checking the entire stock of harnesses and buckles.
For your own safety we request that you identify all Teufelberger assemblies in your ownership that contain affected Cobra buckles and perform the visual assessment identified by the manufacturer. We also require that you forward this notice to others that you consider maybe be affected by this safety notice. If the outcome of the visual assessment is that the rivet does not show any embossing, or that you are not able to make a judgement with clarity, STOP using the assembly, place it in QUARANTINE so that it cannot be used or returned to service inadvertently and contact Teufelberger to communicate the outcome of the visual assessment and the number of items affected.
Angela Sipos (BU Manager): E firstname.lastname@example.org, T +43 7242 413-179
Anna Aschauer (Customer Service): E email@example.com, T +43 7242 413-186
Regina Costa (Market Manager, USA): E firstname.lastname@example.org, T 1 508 730 4536