Scarpa North America has issued a recall for its F1 Evo Ski Boots with Tronic system component, citing concerns about the boots’ potential to cause injury. So far, the Colorado-based company has received two reports of torn knee ligaments following falls and has advised consumers to immediately stop using the boots and contact Scarpa for a full refund.
Antonice Strickland, a public affairs specialist at the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), told FN that the F1 Evo is different from a “regular boot” and its complex Tronic system can unexpectedly switch from ski mode to walk mode.
When that happens, the boot is unable to release from the binding, posing a fall or injury hazard.
The recall, which Scarpa says is voluntary, involves the men’s and women’s Scarpa F1 Evo ski boots with the Tronic system component.
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The boots were sold in royal blue for men and aqua blue for women, with “SCARPA” in white letters on the lower outer side of the boot. The model name “F1 EVO” is printed on the upper-right outside ankle cuff of the boots.
According to the CPSC, the boots have been sold by authorized Scarpa dealers and retailers in the United States and Canada, including Oregon Mountain Community, REI and Skimo Co., and online at www.scarpa.com from October 2014 through January 2015, for around $700.
“When Scarpa realized there was the possibility of injuries, they immediately started the process of a voluntary recall,” Dave Simpson, a spokesperson for Scarpa and director of client services for Verde Brand Communications, told FN. “They [recalled the boots] because they thought it was the right thing to do.”
Consumers can contact Scarpa toll-free at (866) 998-2895 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT, Monday through Friday, or online at www.scarpa.com and click on the tab marked “F1 EVO RECALL” for more information.