Pelagic Issues Recall of Diver Watches

Pelagic Pressure Systems is recalling about 2,800 Oceanic and AERIS digital dive computers due to a decompression hazard. The voluntary recall is being done in conjunction with the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.

“When performing a switch from one gas to another during a dive, the dive computer’s display will lock up and not return to the main dive screen that displays dive times,” according to a joint statement. “This can cause divers to enter decompression unknowingly or the diver could ascend prematurely, resulting in decompression sickness.”

Pelagic said it has received a report of two dive computers malfunctioning. No injuries have been reported.

The recall involves Oceanic-brand ATOM 2.0 dive computers with serial numbers 1 through 2,079 (Revisions 2E, 3A, and 3B) and AERIS-brand EPIC dive computers with serial numbers 1 through 712 (Revision 1A), which can be accessed and viewed on the computer’s display. Also, the serial number and date of manufacture are printed on the bottom of the unit (Oceanic ATOM 2.0 from Aug. 23 to Nov. 23, 2006, and AERIS EPIC from Oct. 18 to Nov. 14, 2006).

The recall does not include any other Oceanic or AERIS brand dive computers.

Authorized Oceanic dealers sold ATOM 2.0 dive computers from August 2006 through February 2007. Authorized AERIS dealers sold EPIC dive computers nationwide from October 2006 through February 2007. Both computers sold for between $670 and $950.
The statement says that consumers should stop using the recalled dive computers and take them to an authorized Oceanic or AERIS dealer to get a free software upgrade.

Consumers can contact Pelagic at 888-854-4960 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, send an email to service@oceanicusa.com, or write to: Pelagic Pressure Systems, 2002 Davis Street, San Leandro, CA 94577. Information is also posted on the Oceanic and AERIS Web sites (www.OceanicWorldwide.com and www.diveaeris.com).