Oceanic has initiated a mandatory replacement (retrofit) of all original QLR3 Weight Pockets (with black stiffeners) with newly designed Weight Pockets (with gray stiffeners) that afford better locking.
Extensive analysis by Oceanic engineers has shown that functionality of a limited number of QLR3 weight pocket systems has been adversely affected by the materials used. Inconsistencies in the properties of material rendered it to be unpredictable for use to adequately secure the weight pockets in the BC. Engineers have tested and evaluated replacement material that demonstrates superior performance and locking ability.
STOP PRODUCT USE
QLR3 BC WEIGHT POCKETS
Oceanic has received isolated reports of select model BCs fitted with QLR3 type Weight Pockets that unexpectedly released. Affected are Excursion 2, Probe HLC, and Ocean Pro 1000D model BCs fitted with the original QLR3 Weight Pockets having black stiffeners. All BCs of this type currently being shipped by Oceanic are fitted with the new (gray) stiffeners. See illustrations above.
Analysis by Oceanic engineers has shown that functionality of a limited number of QLR3 weight pocket systems has been adversely affected by the materials used. Inconsistencies in the properties of material rendered it to be unpredictable for use to adequately secure the weight pockets in the BC. Engineers have tested and evaluated replacement material that demonstrates superior performance and locking ability.
Oceanic urges all owners of Oceanic BCs that have the original QLR3 Weight Pockets (with black stiffeners) to go online and complete the QLR3 Registration Form to obtain replacement pockets at no charge.
Upon submission and verification of the digital form, Oceanic will ship a pair of the new replacement Weight Pockets (with gray stiffeners) to the address furnished.
WARNING: Do not continue use of the original (black) QLR3 Weight Pockets, or use the Weight Pockets if the fixed (female) buckle that secures it in the BC is damaged. Do not attempt to repair any damaged components. If the fixed (female) buckle in the BC is damaged, take the BC with the Pockets to your Authorized Oceanic Dealer for inspection and service. Unauthorized personnel who attempt repairs of the BC risk voiding the warranty and rendering the product dangerously unsafe for normal SCUBA use.
QLR3 WEIGHT POCKET REPLACEMENT
• Remove the older (black) Weight Pocket by grasping the handle and pulling it out of the BC.
• Destroy the old (black) Weight Pocket by cutting off the handle (Fig. 1) and discard. Do not return to Oceanic.
• Inspect the fixed (female) buckle* on the BC that secures the Weight Pocket. See instructions below.
>> If no damage is found, slide the new (gray) Weight Pocket into the BC until the buckle clicks** securing it in place.
>> If damage is found, the buckle must be replaced. This procedure must be performed by an Authorized Oceanic Dealer.
*The QLR3 system is configured with a fixed (female) buckle located on the BC that provides for positive engagement of the pocket when installed.
**Note that lack of a noticeable ‘click’ indicates that the locking posts on the fixed (female) buckle may have been damaged while being assembled during the manufacturing process.
FIXED (female) BUCKLE INSPECTION
Inspection can be performed by the BC owner or Dealer.
Replacement must be performed only by an Authorized Oceanic Dealer.
NOTE: If the original QLR3 pockets released inadvertently, the Fixed (female) Buckle may or may not be damaged. Likewise, if the Fixed (female) Buckle is damaged, the QLR3 pockets may continue to function without incident. This inspection helps ensure that all components of the release system are in an adequate condition to perform their functions properly.
The result of the inspection is to determine the condition of the Locking Posts (Fig. 2) that pass through the nylon material of the pouch and secure the plastic Cover which is positioned on one side of the fabric to the female Buckle which is positioned on the other side. The alignment posts, which also pass through the fabric, are used to prevent lateral movement of the female Buckle while the Weight Pocket is being inserted or released.
Pull the nylon pouch material away from the female Buckle and inspect the outer Locking Posts that attach the plastic Cover to the female Buckle.
>> If the mushroom caps* of the outer Locking Posts are intact and not damaged (Fig. 3), the inner Locking Posts will also be intact. No further action is required, the new pockets can be installed and release tested.
>> If any of the mushroom caps* of the Locking Posts are missing, distorted, or physically damaged in any way (Fig. 4), the female Buckle and Cover are to be replaced by an Authorized Oceanic Dealer.
*The mushroom caps of the Locking Posts snap into the corresponding holes in the female