FAQS 3+ Recall


Feedback from our SAFETY ACADEMY PARTNERS has revealed that, in some very rare situations, temporary disruption of the transmission function may occur on our 3+ avalanche transceivers running software version 2.1. The reason for the disruption is a software error.

As a precautionary measure to ensure our customers are not at risk, we are recalling all 3+ transceivers running software version 2.1.

This precautionary recall applies exclusively to ORTOVOX 3+ avalanche transceivers running software version 2.1.

3+ devices running the following software: 1.0, 1.1, 2.0, 2.2, 2.3 – no matter what color – and all other ORTOVOX avalanche transceivers (S1+, S1, ZOOM) are not affected.

Push the search/send switch into the send position. For this to work, the switch has to be pushed in! Now switch on your 3+. This information will be displayed consecutively:

  • 10-digit serial number
  • Display test screen
  • Remaining battery capacity


If 1.1, 2.0, 2.2 or 2.3 is displayed: Your device is NOT affected.

If NO NUMBER is displayed, your device is running software version 1. This device is NOT affected

No! All devices affected by the recall may no longer be used without the required software update to version 2.2 or 2.3.

The new software version 2.2 or 2.3 will rectify the error.

Your 3+ will also be checked for leaking batteries, and the housing and the mechanical functionality of the switches will also be tested. Further checks will not be carried out.

Temporary disruption of the transmission signal’s pulse may occur on rare occasions. If this happens, the breaks between the transmission signals may be prolonged by a few milliseconds. If this happens when the device is being searched for, confusing messages may be temporarily displayed on the receiving transceiver. This may cause time to be lost in the search.

Recall will start on May 25th and is free of charge. By using our online form you will be able to print out a label to be used for sending in your device free of charge.

From May 25th onwards you will find a form on the website that you can use to send in your 3+ running software version 2.1 free of charge. We will install the new software version 2.2 onto your 3+ and return it to you as soon as possible.

Due to the large number of devices, processing time is currently 2-3 weeks after arriving at our service center. Devices will be updated and returned in the order that they arrive at our service point.

Our avalanche transceivers undergo 100% comprehensive quality control and are tested several times for functionality before distribution. Despite our comprehensive quality control measures, we have now discovered a scenario that has never before occurred in our QA processes.