If you own one of Ortovox’s latest S1+ avalanche transceivers, you’ll probably be glad you read this: due to what they themselves are calling a possible component failure in very rare cases, the company is issuing a ‘precautionary recall’ to all owners.
Whilst it’s not ideal to a release what might be a flawed safety product into the market, we’d like to applaud Ortovox for their honesty in this case and hope others would do the same in similar circumstances.
Their press release in full:
“Individual feedback after search training and intensive follow-up inspections have shown that in very rare cases, a disturbance can occur in the transmission function in the ORTOVOX S1+ avalanche transceiver. The reason for this is the possible failure of a component.
“In order to eliminate any risk for our customers, we have decided on a precautionary recall so that the affected component can be replaced. The S1+ devices affected by the recall may no longer be used without the required component being replaced.
“This precautionary recall applies exclusively to the ORTOVOX S1+ model of avalanche transceiver. All other ORTOVOX avalanche transceivers are unaffected. Its predecessor, the ORTOVOX S1, is likewise unaffected.”