potentially serious defect has been detected in a certain production
run of the Poseidon W50 Bladder used in conjunction with both the
platform and BeSea model BCDs. This flaw deals with a weld in the internal air cell and it is possible that this weld could fail during a dive. Should
this occur, the BCD will loose its ability to hold air and provide
flotation and buoyancy control during a dive without warning, putting
the diver at significant risk of serious injury or death.
Both Poseidon Diving Systems and their US distributor, Waterproof Gear, Inc., are taking rapid action to correct this problem without any cost to the consumer. This defect only involves bladders identified by the lot #5445. The lot number is located on a tag permanently attached to the internal air cell beneath the zipper closure of the wing. The lot number is a 4 digit number located at the bottom of the tag to the left. Please see the graphic, and note the lot number underlined in red. These
bladders did not enter the market until September 17, 2007, and any
bladders sold prior to that date are not impacted and do not need to be
checked. All bladders that meet the above description
should be considered a serious safety risk to the diver, should not be
used under any circumstances, and should be immediately returned for
Although not every bladder in this lot is adversely effected by this defect, there is no way to tell which bladders are impacted. Therefore, every bladder identified from lot #5445 should be returned to an authorized dealer for replacement.
Consumers who may have this product are directed to return the product to their local authorized Poseidon Dealer immediately. Do not dive with this product and do not attempt to analyze or repair any potential defect in the product yourself. The
product must be returned for identification by an authorized technician
who will return any affected units to the Poseidon Distributor for
repair. . If you have one of these W50
wings and do not have a local authorized Poseidon Dealer, contact our
customer service department for directions on returning your product
for repair at 727-944-5675. All repairs will be completed without cost to the consumer.
Dealers should return the entire W50 wing assembly to Waterproof Gear, Inc. for replacement of the internal air cell. There is no need to return the harness assembly or any other parts of the BCD. The
wings should be clearly tagged with the dealer’s identifying data and
the customer’s name as the external portion of the wing will be
returned to your customer. The dealer should check to verify that the wing meets the description above before returning it for replacement. Once
you have identified that you have an affected product, box the product
for shipment, and contact our customer service department to arrange
for pickup of the product.
and Waterproof Gear regret this unfortunate but unavoidable incident
and wish to assure our consumers that safety is our paramount concern. We constantly monitor our products and we have aggressively moved to rectify this situation as soon as it became apparent. WE ARE COMMITTED TO PROVIDING OUR CONSUMERS SAFE PRODUCTS WHICH ALLOW THEM TO MAKE THE MOST OUT OF EVERY DIVE. If there are any questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.
Michael R. Ange
Waterproof Gear, Inc.