In February, Calvin reviewed the GriGri 2, awarding flying colors to the new-and-improved belay standard. Now, Petzl has issued a recall on GriGri 2 belay devices with serial numbers between 10326 and 11136. Here is the recall information:
Petzl has discovered that exerting excessive force on the fully extended handle of the GRIGRI 2 can cause internal damage, such that the GRIGRI 2 handle may become stuck in the open position.
When the handle is stuck in this position the assisted braking function is disabled. A damaged GRIGRI 2 in this configuration will function similarly to a manual belay device (e.g. tube style device).
When using a damaged GRIGRI 2 with the handle stuck in the position as shown in Figure 1, failure to control the braking side of the rope will increase the risk of an uncontrolled descent. A GRIGRI 2 with a damaged handle must be immediately retired from service.
Read the complete recall details on Petzl’s website. Sounds like even though the problem is serious, it should not directly cause problems for anyone belaying correctly, holding onto the brake line in addition to using the release lever. Still, a jammed lever could surprise you and cause something unexpected to happen with your climber’s downward movement.