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Black Diamond / PIEPS Avalanche Transceiver Lawsuit

Black Diamond / PIEPS Avalanche Transceiver Lawsuit

Black Diamond recalled around 78,600 PIEPS Avalanche Transceivers after skiers died or were injured when it switched off and failed to signal in an avalanche.

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The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Black Diamond / PIEPS Avalanche Transceiver induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured or died when an avalanche transceiver failed to transmit a signal, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

PIEPS Avalanche Transceiver Linked to Death in 2017, Four Years Before Recall

In October 2020, a social-media firestorm erupted when several pro skiers and ski professionals warned that Pieps DSP Pro and DSP avalanche transceivers were defective.

The issue went mainstream after pro skier Nick McNutt was buried under several feet of snow in an avalanche in the Canadian backcountry in March 2020. His PIEPS avalanche transceiver failed to transmit a signal, but miraculously, he was rescued alive. He said he checked his transceiver before going out, and after the accident, the transceiver appeared to work like normal, without any apparent signs of damage.

Back in March 2017, skier Corey Lynam died in an avalanche in Hanging Lake, British Columbia. When rescuers found his body, they also found his PIEPS DSP avalanche transceiver was switched off — despite the fact that everyone in the group had checked that their transceivers were operating correctly before heading out.

VIDEO: The Day Nick McNutt Nearly Died in An Avalanche

Black Diamond Recalls PIEPS Avalanche Transceivers

In April 2021, Black Diamond recalled 78,600 PIEPS DSP Avalanche Transceivers that can fail to transmit a signal.

What is the Problem?

The recalled PIEPS avalanche transceivers can switch modes unexpectedly and fail to transmit a signal. This can make it difficult to locate a person in an avalanche, which can result in “severe bodily harm or death,” according to the recall notice from Black Diamond.

How Many People Were Injured?

Black Diamond issued the recall after 65 reports of PIEPS transceivers switching modes, including 1 skier who died in an avalanche, and another skier who “suffered a broken arm and minor injuries.” Both incidents occurred in British Columbia, Canada.

What Avalanche Transceivers Were Recalled?

Black Diamond recalled PIEPS DSP Pro, DSP Pro Ice, and DSP Sport avalanche transceivers with neoprene carrying cases.

They were sold from January 2013 through November 2020 at Liberty Mountain, Recreational Equipment Inc. (REI), other stores, and www.backcountry.com for between $300 and $450.

PIEPS is printed in black letters on the front of the unit with the model name DSP Pro, DSP Pro Ice, and DSP Sport. The recall includes:

  • PIEPS DSP Sport Avalanche Transceiver MODEL NO. PP1128040000ALL1
  • PIEPS DSP Pro Avalanche Transceiver MODEL NO. PP1127710000ALL1
  • PIEPS DSP Pro Ice Avalanche Transceiver MODEL NO.PP1127700000ALL1

Canadian Law Firm Files Class Action Lawsuit

On October 16, 2020, a law firm in Canada filed a class action lawsuit against PIEPS and Black Diamond on behalf of Canadians who purchased defective avalanche transceivers.

The lawsuit accuses Black Diamond and PIEPS of selling defective avalanche transceivers that “allegedly turned into ‘Off’ or ‘Search’ mode while being carried.” Their list of faulty products includes:

  • Black Diamond Recon BT
  • Black Diamond Guide BT
  • Pieps DSP Sport
  • Pieps DSP Pro
  • Pieps Powder BT
  • Pieps Pro BT

Do I have an Avalanche Transceiver Lawsuit?

The Schmidt Firm, PLLC is currently accepting Black Diamond / PIEPS Avalanche Transceiver induced injury cases in all 50 states. If you or somebody you know has been injured or died when an avalanche transceiver failed to transmit a signal, you should contact our lawyers immediately for a free case consultation. Please use the form below to contact our Product Liability Litigation Group or call toll free 24 hours a day at (866) 920-0753.

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