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Black Diamond Recalls Avy Airbags

Black Diamon JetForce Airbag Recall
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The Utah-based company is recalling all of its JetForce avalanche airbags due to faulty firmware.

Black Diamond is recalling all of its JetForce avalanche airbag packs due to a potential firmware malfunction.

While there haven’t been reports of accidents or injuries, there have been reports of the pack failing to deploy after it was electronically charged, or the pack’s motor randomly turning off.

The Enforcer

Mt. Baker general manager Duncan Howat wants you to enjoy the überdeep backcountry powder his resort
 is famous for—but only if you do so by his rules.
A skier shreds deep in Mt. Baker's out-of-bounds terrain. Photo: Garrett Grove

The powder arrived late to Mt. Baker Ski Area last season.

One-on-One with Creator of Avy Airbags

One-on-One with Creator of Avy Airbags
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The creator of the ABS avalanche airbag talks about safety features and how effective avy airbags are at saving lives.

This season saw a high number of avalanche fatalities but also big improvements in avy-safety technology, pushing avy airbags into the mainstream ski market. There seems to be no question that airbags saved several lives this season. But, they also failed to save a few, proving that they're not a guarantee in an avalanche. The only guarantee for surviving an avalanche is not to get in one in the first place.

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