About 17,000 Miflex High Pressure Scuba Diving Hoses have been recalled following a number of reports that suggest they may fail, potentially leaving scuba divers short on air.
The Miflex scuba diving hose recall was announced by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on April 19, after the manufacturer, XS Scuba, Inc. of Santa Ana, California, received at least 189 reports of hose failures.
The failures appear to occur because the diving hose has a tendency to rupture, the CPSC reports. The ruptures may reduce the available air to the diver, resulting in a drowning hazard. Despite the large number of reported problems, there have been no confirmed injuries linked to the defective diving hose.
The recall affects three models of high pressure diving hoses that monitor cylinder pressure for the air supply in tanks for scuba diving. The models include the Deluxe Cylinder Equalizer w/ Miflex HP hose P/N AC366, the Miflex Two-Gauge Console HL300/HL300M, and the Miflex Rebreather Kits MRB-EVO-LG, MRB-EVO-MD & MRB-ISP-POST-LG. All of the affected hoses have MFX stamped on the end of the fitting.
The hoses were sold as individual replacement gauge hoses and as cascade hoses at scuba diving retailers and online between May 2009 through April 2012 for between $44 and $60.
The CPSC recommends that consumers immediately stop using the hoses and contact XS Scuba for details on how to receive a free replacement hose. Consumers with questions can contact XS Scuba at (888) 249-5405 or by visiting the company’s website at www.xsscuba.com.