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Bon Hiver recalls freebase snowboard bindings

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Bon Hiver recalls freebase snowboard bindings due to fall hazard

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, in cooperation with the firm named below, today announced a voluntary recall of the following consumer product. Consumers should stop using recalled products immediately unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.

Name of product: Snowboard Bindings

Units: About 200

Importer: Bon Hiver Inc., of Chester, N.Y.

Hazard: The binding’s base plate can fracture from impact during use, posing a fall hazard to snowboarders.

Incidents/Injuries: Bon Hiver has received two reports of the base plates fracturing during use. There have been no reports of injuries or property damage

Description: The recalled products are Bon Hiver Freebase snowboard bindings in the following models: 11 Series – Assault or Infrared, 13 Series – Arsenal or Hellfire and 18 Series – Stealth or Storm. The bindings are sold in pairs. Each binding is made up of two pieces: a boot base and a base plate. The boot base, which attaches to the snowboarder’s boot, has a high back, ankle strap, toe strap and footplate. It is made of plastic and aluminum, has six magnets on the underside of the footplate and is made in the following colors: black, blue, red and white. The Bon Hiver logo appears on the back of the boot base near the top and across the ankle strap. The words “Bon Hiver Snowboarding” appear on the heel. The series number is located next to the logo on the back of the boot base and on the side of one of the footplates. The base plate is flat and made of black plastic. It has four locking mechanisms to attach it to the board.

Sold at: BonHiver.com and ski and snowboard retailers from November 2011 to December 2011 for between $260 and $350.

Manufactured in: China

Remedy: Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bindings and return them to Bon Hiver for a free repair and a 20 percent refund of the purchase price.

Consumer Contact: For additional information, please contact Bon Hiver at (877) 456-2320 between 8 a.m. and 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or e-mail the firm at customerservice@bonhiver.com