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Press Release: Joss Cam Recall


Joss Rock Climbing Cam Units Recalled by Sierra Trading Post Due to a Fall Hazard; Sold Exclusively by Sierra Trading Post.

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of Product: Joss rock climbing cam

Units: About 1,280

Importer: Sierra Trading Post, of Cheyenne, Wy.

Manufacturer: Cassin Sri, of Italy

Hazard: The recalled cams can fail unexpectedly after being set, posing a fall hazard.

Incidents: One incident reported in Europe. No deaths or injuries reported in the U.S.

Description: The Joss Cam is a mechanical device placed in the crack of a rock to support a climber’s weight. The Cam is operated by a trigger that retracts the aluminum lobes, allowing the device to be placed and secured in the crack of a rock. A cable is attached to the device with a heavy duty nylon sling attached to the end of the cable. Joss Cams come in eight sizes and each Cam is marked with the size (.5 to 4). The sling on the end features solid horizontal blocks of color (yellow, orange, purple, red, green and blue) indicating size. The “Cassin” logo is also printed on a tag attached to the sling. The Sierra Trading Post item numbers associated with this recall are #69277 and #69278. These numbers can be found on the original packaging label or order invoice.

Sold at: Sierra Trading Post nationwide from August 2003 through March 2006 for $3 to $32.

Manufactured in: Italy

Remedy: Consumers should stop using the product and return it to Sierra Trading Post for a full refund including shipping.

Consumer Contact: For additional information contact Sierra Trading Post at (800) 713-4534 between 5 a.m. to 10 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, or email the company at