The Consumer Product Safety Commission has announced a recall of about 18,000 GRIGRI 2 belay devices due to a fall hazard. These belays were recalled because the handle can become stuck in the open position, which disables the brake. There have been seven reports of handles sticking, but, thankfully, no reported injuries.
All of this begs the question: what the heck is a belay? Honestly, I didn’t know. A belay device is used by rock climbers to control the climber’s safety rope during a fall or while being lowered on the rope. I’m not a big rock climber but I feel authorized to say: this is a big deal.
The first five digits of the serial numbers of devices affected by this recall range from 10326 to 11136. The serial number is engraved on the body of the product underneath and protected by the folded handle. The belay devices are 4 inches in length and 2 inches in width, and come in grey, blue, and orange colors.