RECALL: Mountain Safety Research Avalanche Probes


Cascade Designs, Parent Company of Mountain Safety Research, Recalls Avalanche Rescue Probes

Cascade Designs Inc. issued a recall of MSR Avalanche Probes on May 3, 2016. The recall involves Mountain Safety Research Striker 320 and Striker 240 avalanche rescue probes. Read more about the recall at

MSR Striker 320 Avalanche Probe | Photo from
MSR Striker 320 Avalanche Probe | Photo from

Here are the details of the recall according to

  • Name of product: Avalanche rescue probes
  • Hazard: The lock button on the probe can fail to engage and lock, causing the probe not to function as intended. This can interfere with finding someone buried beneath snow, posing a suffocation hazard.
  • Remedy: Refund or Replace
  • Units: About 1,600 in the U.S. (in addition, about 230 were sold in Canada)
  • Description: This recall involves Mountain Safety Research Striker™ 320, Striker™ 240 avalanche rescue probes. The probe is divided into six or eight sections of 18-inch aluminum shafts that lock into place to create a single 94-inch or 126-inch probe, depending on the model. The probe is used by searchers to help identify something or someone buried by snow after an avalanche. “Striker 320” is printed on the red and gray probe and “Striker 240” is printed on the yellow and gray probe. “MSR” is printed on the shaft.
  • Incidents/Injuries: None reported
  • Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled probes and call Cascade Designs for instructions on receiving a refund or free replacement probe.
  • Sold at: REI and other outdoor recreation stores nationwide and online at and other websites from September 2014 through January 2016 for between $60 and $70.
  • Importer(s): Cascade Designs Inc., of Seattle, Wash.
  • Manufactured in: Korea
  • Consumer Contact: Cascade Designs at 800-531-9531 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT on Monday through Friday or online at and click on “Recall” for more information.

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