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Monday, August 12, 2019 1:13 pm

Seattle Manufacturing Corporation recalls Kobah ice axes

Seattle Manufacturing Corporation recalls Kobah ice axes due to the spike and/or head of the ice axe can detach from the handle during use, posing serious injury and fall hazards to the climber.

This recall involves Kobah Ice Axes of lengths 60, 65, 70 and 75 centimeters. The axes each have a steel pick and adze joined at the top of an orange aluminum handle shaft by a black polyamide resin head. There is a steel spike in the bottom of the handle shaft. “Kobah,” “SMC” and Manufacturer's Lot Number (MLN) 10864 are printed on the handle shaft. 

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ice axes and return them to Seattle Manufacturing Corporation (SMC) for a full refund. SMC is contacting all known purchasers directly. 

Consumers can contact SMC at 800-426-6251 from 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. PT Monday through Friday, email customerservice@smcgear.com or online at www.smcgear.com and click on “recall notifications” for more information. 

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ice axes and return them to Seattle Manufacturing Corporation (SMC) for a full refund. SMC is contacting all known purchasers directly.  

The ice axes were sold at specialty climbing shops along the West coast and online at www.smcgear.com from March 2019 through June 2019 for about $100.