NOTICE: 11/16 inch Sling Product Recall Notice
Sterling Rope is recalling a very limited number of 11/16" nylon sewn slings in lengths 24", 30" and 48". The bar tack stitch of the affected slings were constructed using an incorrect thread, reducing the Minimum Breaking Strength to 18kN (4,046lbs) from our published MBS of 26.5kN (5,957lbs). These slings were constructed on October 7 and 8, 2010. A total of only 68 slings from the affected batches remain unidentified. Sterling has identified the six dealers to whom these slings were sent exclusively and has requested immediate removal of these slings from stock and that they contact the customers who may have purchased any. If you purchased an 11/16" sling in a length of 24", 30" or 48" before October 7, 2010 or after December 2, 2010, or if you purchased your sling during that period from a retailer other than those listed below, your sling is not affected.
We are posting this notice to notify end users who may have purchased the affected slings so that we can retrieve and replace all remaining slings.
The recalled product can be identified by the lot number on the hang tag attached to the sling. If you purchased an 11/16" sling in lengths of 24", 30" or 48" after October 7th, 2010 and before December 2, 2010 from one of the retailers listed below, but your lot number does not match one of the lots below, your sling is not affected. This recall is only for the sizes and lot numbers of slings listed below. If you have purchased one of these affected slings, please return it to the retailer from whom you purchased it. All returned slings will be replaced free of charge by the dealer or Sterling.
Sewn Sling Lot #
11/16" x 24" 20101170
11/16" x 24" 20101175
11/16" x 30" 20101171
11/16" x 48" 20101173
This recall only affects slings
purchased at the following retailers:
Great Outdoor Provision Company
Utah Mountain Sports
To the left are pictures of the type of slings affected (could be any color, not just silver) and a photo of the hang tag to illustrate where you can find the lot number. If you have any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to call or email Sterling.
If you purchased a sewn sling in one of these size ranges between October 7, 2010 and December 2, 2010, and you do not have the paperwork or lot number that came with the sling, we ask that you contact Sterling directly at 1-800-788-ROPE or email us at email@example.com . We will help you determine whether you may have an affected sling and if you do, or if we are uncertain, we will give you instructions on how to return this sling to Sterling and receive a replacement.
We apologize for this inconvenience, and we recognize that your trust in Sterling products is essential to your outdoor pursuits. We are confident that Sterling's quality control program worked as intended and that we were able to isolate the affected product quickly and notify specific customers immediately. Be assured, this procedure is in place for every product Sterling makes. I appreciate the support of our climbing customers, and the faith and trust you place in Sterling products each time you go out and climb.
We remain committed to building the absolute best life-safety products in the world.
Sterling Rope Company, Inc.