Description of the problem:
19 months ago we released our safety note 01/2018 regarding the abnormal overextension of the XR7 rescue compartment elastic loops potentially leading to a rescue deployment failure. We’ve found out that if the knots at the base of the elastic loops aren’t well tight then the elastic loops overextend so we’ve replaced all the knots with sewed end stubs thus preserving the correct length of the elastic loops.
Open the long magnetic edge that covers the closing elastics of the rescue chute container and remove the metal pin connected to the rescue handle. Make sure the white elastics can untie and don’t get entangled with each other.
Both elastic loops may overextend, even if the rear one (the farther one from rescue handle location) is the most important one. Make sure the length of each elastic does not exceed 8 cm.
If the elastics are longer than 8 cm then they must be replaced with new ones. Remove the overextended elastics by wiggling your hand into the the ratchet pulley area and between the fabric layers (as shown in the pictures) till you reach the elastic knots inserted in a white plastic bar. Pull them out and put the new ones in.
To have the new elastic loops contact your local WOODY VALLEY dealer or WOODY VALLEY headquarters directly.
Close the rescue chute container following the procedure explained in the manual and finally make sure you can extract the rescue chute with ease.
While waiting for the new elastics, you can temporarily shorten your overextended ones as follows: undo the knot, bend the elastic in half, measure 12 cm and mark that point with a marker. Redo the knot at the mark and make it as tight as possible.
Put the elastic loops where they were originally, close the rescue chute container following the procedure explained in the manual and finally make sure you can extract the rescue chute with ease.
THESE CLOSING ELASTICS MUST BE REPLACED IDEALLY EVERY 6 MONTHS, OR COMPULSORILY EVERY 12 MONTHS WHEN YOU REFOLD YOUR RESCUE CHUTE, AS PERIODICALLY REQUIRED.