April 16, 2019
Dear 3M Fall Protection Distributor:
3M Fall Protection has learned of the possibility of a manufacturing defect in a dorsal d-ring utilized in ExoFit NEXTM harnesses manufactured between January 2016 and December 2018. Although there have been no reported incidents involving this condition, a dorsal d-ring with this defect will not support the load in a fall arrest event which could result in serious injury or death. Harnesses manufactured only within this date range require immediate inspection for lot number 09P1 stamped into a dorsal d-ring. We believe that only one harness was manufactured with a defective D-ring, but we urge inspection of all potentially affected harnesses out of an abundance of caution in the interests of worker safety.
To address the situation, 3M Fall Protection is launching a global Inspection Notice. As set out in the attached Notice, all ExoFit NEXTM harnesses manufactured between January 2016 and December 2018 require inspection prior to use.
Upon receipt of this Notice, please contact our Customer Service department at (833) 638- 2697 or email at email@example.com to obtain a listing of harnesses sold to you with the affected lot numbers. If you have affected product in stock, please return the harnesses to 3M Fall Protection immediately for replacement.
Please immediately forward this Inspection Notice to any of your customers who have purchased affected product from you and provide any assistance requested by your customers to complete the process. Alternatively, if you provide us with a list of customers who have purchased affected harnesses from you, 3M Fall Protection will communicate directly with your customers to facilitate the inspection procedure.
Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation in reaching your customers with this information.
Please email any questions to: 3MUSFPServiceAction@mmm.com Frank Courtemanche, Global Quality Manager
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