November 6, 2018
Affects select ExoFit™ harnesses manufactured from June 2017 to the end of May 2018
3M Fall Protection has received reports that the aluminum reinforcement plate used in the seat sling on certain DBI-SALA ExoFit™, ExoFit XP™ (inc. Arc Flash), and ExoFit NEX™ (inc. Arc Flash) harnesses can become dislodged from the webbing. In a few instances, the aluminum seat plate has separated from the harness and fallen to the ground, creating a potential dropped object hazard. There have been no reports of injuries or accidents associated with this condition. The performance of the harnesses is unaffected by this issue—they will perform properly in all respects, including as body support for a personal fall arrest system in the event of a fall, even without the added comfort offered by the seat sling.
Representative Seat Sling Indicated by Red Arrow
Manufacture Date on Harness shown in Red Circle
3M is offering a free warranty replacement of the seat sling for all DBI-SALA ExoFit™, ExoFit XP™ (inc. ArcFlash), and ExoFit NEX™ (inc. ArcFlash) harnesses with a seat sling, with a manufacture date of 17/06 (2017, June) through the end of 18/05 (2018, May) regardless of model number.
End-Users: Please inspect your harness, if you find a harness within the affected range with a seat sling, contact 3M Customer Service at 1-800-387-7484 or email us for your free replacement seat sling at 3MCAFPServiceAction@mmm.com. Please provide us with the model number and manufacture date when contacting us. After you receive your replacement seat sling, please remove your original sling from service and dispose of it.
Distributors: Upon receipt of this notice, please contact our Customer Service department at 800-387-7484 or email at 3MCAFPServiceAction@mmm.com to obtain a listing of harnesses with seat slings that were sold to you with the affected lot numbers. If you have any of the affected parts in stock, you should return them to 3M Fall Protection for replacements. Please forward this Alert 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 remains committed to 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.