In August 2012, there was a fatal accident involving a Via Ferrata set from a competitor brand. As an immediate response, different testing institutes tested Via Ferrata sets according to tightened protection goals. These tests established that some karabiner arms made from elasticated webbings were far too weak - these products have already been recalled in summer.
The Mammut sets that were tested verifiable showed much higher breaking strengths. There was no immediate danger to users as the Mammut products using this elastic arm construction were only introduced in Spring 2012. Meanwhile, Mammut executed further tests and investigations and these showed that there is a very small residual safety risk after very long periods of very heavy usage over several seasons. The risk to safety only occurs if the product usage vastly exceeds the recommended usable lifetime.
In order to prevent any future risk to consumers, Mammut has decided to recall the following products as a precaution:
- 2130-00240 Tec Step Bionic
- 2130-00220 Tec Step Classic
- 2130-00250 Tec Step Brenta Classic
- 2130-00230 Tec Step Bionic Turn
Full information and how to return products can be found here on the Mammut web site.