Immediate Action Required
3M™ Fall Protection has identified a potential manufacturing issue with a limited number of 3M™ Protecta® Rebel Self-Retracting Lifelines (with galvanized or stainless-steel lifelines) produced between October 14, 2019 and February 25, 2020. There have been no reports of injuries or accidents associated with this issue. This manufacturing issue could result in the SRL not engaging properly but can be easily detected through the pre-use inspection as specified in the Protecta® Rebel Instruction for Use (IFU) document.
Impacted Part Numbers can be found at www.ProtectaRebelInspect.com.
End Users: Please follow the steps listed below.
Step 1: Locate the label on the Rebel SRL to identify the manufactured dated (see picture to the right). If the SRL has a manufacture date of 19/10 (October 2019) through to the end of 20/02 (February 2020), continue to step 2. (Please note that regardless of the manufacture date, all SRLs should be inspected prior to every use and by a competent person annually as per the IFU).
Step 2: Pull the lifeline quickly to ensure that the SRL locks up. As per the IFU “Ensure the device locks up when the lifeline is jerked sharply. Lockup should be positive with no slipping.” It the SRL locks up properly and passes all other aspects of the pre-use inspection as defined in the IFU, the SRL is acceptable for use. (For a full listing of inspection criteria please refer to the IFU for your respective regions which can be found at www.ProtectaRebelInspect.com). If you find that your SRL does not lock up, take the Protecta® Rebel SRL out of service immediately. Please contact 3M’s Customer Service department at 1-833-638-2697 or email [email protected] and they will arrange to have the SRL inspected and repaired/replaced as per standard warranty.
Distributors: Upon receipt of this Notice, please contact 3M’s Customer Service department at 1-833-638-2697 or email us at [email protected] for a listing of the affected Protecta® Rebel SRLs sold to you. If you have any of the affected parts in stock, you should return them to 3M Fall Protection for repair and/or replacement as per their standard warranty. Please forward this Notice to any of your customers who have purchased affected products from you and provide any assistance requested by your customers to complete the process.
3M Fall Protection will post this Notice at www.ProtectaRebelInspect.com. 3M “remains committed in providing quality products and services to our customers. We apologize for any inconvenience that this situation may cause you. We appreciate your continued support of 3M Fall Protection products and services,” according to the press release.