A joint recall has been issued this summer by Mervin Manufacturing, Health Canada and the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (US CPSC) for GNU Snowboard bindings in men’s, youth, and women’s sizes. The brand name “GNU” is imprinted on the front of the straps or on the baseplate. The SKU number can be found on the model sticker located on the original packaging. Photos of the binding model are available at the CPSC website.

The recall is due to the defective ankle straps which can break posing a fall hazard. Distributed by Mervin Manufacturing of Seattle, Washington, the bindings were manufactured in Slovakia. Mervin Manufacturing has received 30 reports of the binding straps breaking. Read more about defective ski equipment.

Approximately 1200 pairs of the recalled product were sold in Canada, and 6800 pairs were sold in the United States at various sporting goods stores. The bindings were sold at Specialty Sports Inc., REI and other national, small chain and independent sporting goods stores, and online at www.backcountry.com and www.mervin.com from August 2012 to March 2013 for between $125 and $310.

Consumers should stop using the bindings and contact Mervin to obtain free replacement straps. Mervin Manufacturing can be reached at (800) 905-0551 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. PT Monday through Friday or online at www.mervin.com and click on Recall for additional information.

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