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January 2022

Petzl Pirana Descender Recall

Petzl is recalling its PIRANA canyoning descenders (D005AA00 and D005AA01) due to a
drowning risk if the rope accidentally gets blocked in the blocking slot. Immediately stop using
the descenders affected by this recall.

Photo: PIRANA (references D005AA00 and D005AA01)​

Affected products:

  • PIRANA descenders D005AA00 and D005AA01 (see models in photo).
  • Serial numbers: between 19 F 0000000 000 and 22 A 9999999 999.
  • Sold from July 2019 to January 2022.

Unaffected PIRANA descenders:

  • Previous generation PIRANA

Photo: Old generation PIRANA (references D05 and D05 NOI) - Not affected​

Identified risk

In certain situations, where the user lets the rope slide freely through the PIRANA to intentionally drop into the water, the rope runs quickly through the descender and can accidentally get blocked in the PIRANA’s blocking slot. The user is then stuck, and may not be able to remove the rope from this position. This situation can be dangerous, with a drowning risk, especially if the user is stuck under a waterfall or in a pool of water.

Decision to recall

New feedback from the field since Petzl's July 2021 safety alert (modification to the Instructions for Use) led to their decision to recall the affected PIRANA.
If you have a PIRANA that is affected by this recall, stop using it immediately and return it to Petzl's local after-sales service via their contact form. You will be offered a refund. Petzl will pay for the return shipping costs.