The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced a recall of Black Diamond Whippet and Whippet Carbon ski poles manufactured May 2013 through January 2014. Both models of the telescoping ski poles have a stainless steel pick in the handgrip which can break and fail to slow or stop users from sliding downhill on a snow or ice covered slope, posing a risk of injury.

The Whippet is gray with two telescoping shafts and the Carbon Whippet is black with three telescoping shafts. The upper shaft of both models is made of aluminum and has a black and orange rubber handgrip with a built-in, stainless steel, serrated pick and a black nylon wrist strap with a an orange Black Diamond logo. “Black Diamond” and the Black Diamond logo are on the upper shaft of both models.

The Whippet has an aluminum lower shaft with an orange and silver locking mechanism. “Whippet” and the logo are on the lower shaft. The middle and lower shafts of the Carbon Whippet are made of carbon fiber and have orange and silver locking mechanisms. “Carbon Whippet” and the logo are on the lower shaft.

Recalled poles have picks with polished surfaces, a notch in the top of the pick and a date code between 13121 and 14015 etched on the pole. The date code can be found by removing the locking mechanism on the middle shaft of the Carbon Whippet and the lower shaft of the Whippet.

Black Diamond Inc., of Salt Lake City, the importer of the Taiwanese manufactured poles, advises that consumers should immediately stop using the recalled poles and contact Black Diamond to receive a free replacement for the upper shaft.

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