Halcyon is recalling certain Eclipse, Evolve, Explorer, Pioneer and CCR35 buoyancy compensator’s (BCDs) manufactured between January, 2006 and September, 2008. In addition, selected Halcyon inflatable devices (Lift Bags, SMBs, DAMs, Surf Shuttles and Diver Lift rafts) may also be affected.
The stainless steel Over Pressure Valve (OPV) spring could become excessively corroded, causing it to fail and the valve to leak. Halcyon have claimed that the defect is limited to a very small percentage of springs used between Jan 2006 and Sep 2008.
According to Halcyon’s website – “Worldwide Halcyon distributors will be initiating a similar inspection and replacement process through their dealer networks. Halcyon Manufacturing, Inc in High Springs Florida will also inspect those BCDs or Inflatables sent directly to our facility, replace the OPV spring if necessary and provide free return shipping to the customer.”
Here are some examples of good springs:
Whereas here’s a bad spring:
You can read more from Halcyon’s website.
My Eclipse is too old to be affected. But instead I’ve got one of those stainless steel inflator valves that insists on sticking open from time to time, which I have to clean up every year.