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RECALL NOTICE: 2012/2013 Winter Season GNU Bindings

U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission Press Release – View Here

We have discovered that some ankle straps on the 2012-2013 Gnu bindings may crack creating an unsafe fall hazard. In conjunction with the CPSC we are voluntarily replacing the ankle straps on all the 2012-2013 models.

Please know that our greatest concern is the safety of our customers, friends and riding partners. We are working diligently to ensure that every potentially affected binding ankle strap is replaced as quickly as possible.

If you purchased a 2012/2013 GNU binding, immediately discontinue use until you confirm your bindings are not part of the replacement program or you receive replacement straps.

To identify if your bindings are covered and order replacement straps use the Model Identification and Replacement Order Form.


  1. Why is GNU conducting this recall?
    GNU is voluntarily conducting this recall to prevent product failure and prevent potential injuries.
  2. How can I tell if my product is affected?
    We are replacing the ankle straps on the following GNU binding models:


    SKU #s:
    213710 – 213720
    SKU #s:
    213610 – 213640
    SKU #s:
    213510 – 213540
    SKU #s:
    213305 – 213355
    SKU #s:
    213205 – 213235
    SKU #s:
    213105 – 213115


    SKU #s:
    214405 – 214435
    SKU #s:
    214305 – 214335
    SKU #s:
    214205 – 214230
    SKU #s:
    214105 – 214130
    SKU #s:
    214005 – 214010


    SKU #s:

    The recall only affects the 12/13 model season bindings.  Check the images on the Model Identification and Replacement Order Form to see if your bindings match exactly. If you still have the original packaging you can check the model sticker SKU# against the list above or with the CPSC Press Release.

  3. How do I tell if my straps have been replaced?
    Replacement straps will have a date stamp located on the strap core under one the adjustment straps cam buckles.binding-replacement-stamp
  4. How can I take advantage of the recall?
    Go to our Model Identification and Replacement Order Form Page to identify which model and color you own and enter your shipping info. We will ship you replacement straps at no charge. Contact Mervin Manufacturing toll free at (800) 905-0551 for more information.
  5. What is the problem with the products?
    The ankle straps can break posing a fall hazard.
  6. My binding strap seems to be okay. Can I continue using them?
    No. Even though your product appears to be okay, we are asking all customers to immediately stop using them and participate in this recall by going to our Model Identification and Replacement Order Form Page or call Mervin Manufacturing at (800) 905-0551.
  7. I no longer have the receipt. Can I still obtain ankle replacement straps?
    Yes. You can still obtain replacement straps without a receipt.
  8. How do I switch out the straps?
    It’s really easy, you can find detailed instructions here.
  • David Xie

    Just broke my strap piece on Christmas day. Luckily I found this recall notice on Google page while I was searching for a spare part. Hopefully GNU can still provide me with a replacement after a couple of years. Can’t wait to use my own bindings again!

    David Xie
    North York, Ontario, Canada

  • Rodders

    Managed to break mine on New Years Eve… Fingers crossed they deliver on the replacement straps still…

  • Rodders

    Replacements arrived in 4 days. Nice work guys! 🙂

  • Gnu

    We’re happy to hear they arrived quickly!

  • Zozzi

    Hey folks,

    how about toestrap from my GNU Choice binding – it broke last weekend ;-((

    is this covered too ?? can I receive the replacement as well ?

  • Oleksandr Parkhomenko


    My GNU weird base plate crashed while buttering of totaly flat surface … :-

    As far as I remember it has lifetime warranty…. can I get the spare one please…?

  • Gnu

    Fill out this form please:

    It will be forwarded directly to our warranty department,

  • Gnu

    Here’s a link to our warranty form:

    Fill it out as best as you can, and our warranty department will holler at you asap!

  • Tony Crimando

    Broke mine during Christmas break, went looking for replacements when I saw that there was a recall so long ago haha. Hoping I can get a replacement, or at least pay for new ones. I can’t find them on the spare parts section of GNU’s site.

    Got a trip coming up in a week, hoping to get this sorted out soon. 🙂

  • Gnu

    Hey Tony,
    Scroll on up this page and check out step #6.
    Or click this link:


  • evil like mom

    Definitely need to get in on the strap recall but have much bigger issues! Yesterday, while riding, I experienced a catastrophic failure of my front gnu weird binding. It wasn’t the strap that broke but the base itself. They were a gift and have only had them for a little over a month. ?

  • Gnu

    Yikes! I’m so sorry to hear your binding broke.
    Here’s a link to our warranty form:http: //

  • KHMak

    My anklestarp broken last month, but I do not know my binding model. is this covered by the recall program??

  • KHMak

    Not sure whether binding photo uploaded??

  • KHMak

    No reply? 🙁

  • Gnu

    I apologize for the delay, we are out of the office Friday-Sunday.
    These bindings are the 2011/12 Agro model.

    They were not part of the recall, but if you follow this link:

    We can probably track down the parts you need

  • KHMak

    Can you help to confirm the spare part for damaged anklestrap (Left), my boot size is Eu43, price and the shipping cost to Hong Kong, please advise that whether I can pay with credit card.

    Disqus 提到:

  • Gnu

    That will need to be done through our warranty/spare parts department–they’re in a workshop filled to the brim with binding parts and I am just in a cubicle at our top secret headquarters.

    Please follow the link below and fill out the form; they’ll be in touch asap!

  • Eugene Ilyin

    Hi. My Choice 2012/13 ankle strap has cracked two days ago. I am in Russia currently. How can I get a replacement for both of them?

  • Eugene Ilyin

    No reply?

  • Gnu

    Hi Eugene, sorry for the delay!
    Here’s a link to our spare parts request page:

  • jeremiah drinkard

    I requested a new ankle strap months ago and filled out 2 replacement forms and have yet to receive my new strap??? So is this all just a scam or what

  • jeremiah drinkard

    The whole strap broke not the buckle

  • GNU

    Hi Jeremiah,
    I’m so sorry to hear you’re having issues!
    It is not a scam, I don’t work in the warranty department, so I’m not sure exactly what the situation is, but I believe we are waiting on a shipment of new replacement parts.

  • Jeremiah Drinkard

    So you haven’t forgot about me? I have no problem waiting I would just like to know if I’ll have the part before next season?

  • Jeremiah Drinkard

    You say you don’t work in the warrenty dept. So should I email them?

  • GNU

    Hey Jeremiah, have you just filled out a Spare Parts from? Or have you also filled out a warranty form?
    I’d recommend a warranty form if your binding broke. That will go directly to our warranty department.

    Here is a link:

  • Игорь

    Hello. My GNU Mutant 12/13 upper strap has cracked. I am in Ukraine now. I am tried to fill your request link – , but problem in a telephone number.
    Where do I go? Because I broke my rib mounts in the fall.

  • Игорь

    No reply?

  • GNU

    I’m sorry about that!
    The best course of action is going to be filling out that warranty claim form.
    A phone number isn’t required, so as long as you have your name, email address and a can describe the situation you should be just fine! The forms are forwarded directly to our warranty department, and they are in charge of replacement parts and repairs.

  • Corey

    I filled out the form above as I have the 2013 GNU Mutant bindings in the Bigfoot colorway. I filled out the form in Febuary and just got the replacements today. Only problem is they are in black. Can I be sent the recall straps in the colorway that I originally bought. I put that info in the form not sure why I was sent a different color. Can somebody from GNU help me out?

  • GNU

    Hi Corey,
    I’m sorry to hear that the straps weren’t what you were expecting.
    What’s your email address? I’d be happy to pass this information along to our warranty department, but they will need some kind of contact information for you. You could also send an email to explaining this situation (you can just copy and paste it!) and I can forward it along to our warranty crew. That way you don’t need to post your email address on a public site…whichever you prefer.

  • Scott

    Strap on my binding broke last February and I was looking online today to replace it. I didn’t realize that there was a recall on my GNU binding. Can I still make a claim to get a replacement part or am I wasting my time by filling out the claim form? Please reply asap

  • Сергей Скачко

    Hello, I fill out the form on the exchange in February, but I did not expelled and did not contact me.

    You can contact me

  • Mihail Todorov Nikolov

    Hi, the both base plates of my gnu weird binding 12/13 have crashed last season wile buttering:( Can I get spare one please?

  • Mihail Todorov Nikolov

    Some pictures

  • Maxim

    Broke the straps. How can I change. Russia, Moscow.

  • Дмитрий Киселёв

    Hi. Broke the straps. How or where can I change. Russia, Moscow.

  • Lorena Suarez

    same problem as Scott, Дмитрий Киселёв, and the rest…, I haven’t heard from this recall for my GNU binding till i search after it get broken a few days ago. The phone (800) 905 0551 appear to be not in use anymore. where can I find parts for my bindings?? I’m from spain.

  • Kimberly Clement

    I have 2012/2013 Gnu B/Famous bindings that I purchased from, and when I received my first pair, the toe cap straps were busted. I didn’t get to use them at all. I returned the initial pair, and The-House sent out replacements. After riding only a few times (and not hard, I might add) the toe cap busted on one of my bindings while I was on the mountain! Not good. I’ve missed days of riding because I don’t have bindings, and I’m awaiting response from The-House to see if I can just return them and get a full refund, because I can’t keep replacing faulty equipment. I thought it would be important to bring to your company’s attention that these bindings in general (not just the ankle straps), do not hold up well, have pieces made of flimsy plastic, and are potentially very dangerous. I talked with friends who have been riding for much longer than I have, and they said this should never have happened, and especially not twice. I will leave out the direct quotes, as they contained expletives. I’m attaching photos of both pairs so that you can see what I am talking about. Hopefully The-House will refund my money so that I can get a safer pair that will last.

    Edit: I tried to attach photos, but they disappeared once this actually posted. If you have an email address, I’d be happy to send them along.

  • GNU

    Hi Kimberly,
    I believe you emailed us also–I forwarded the photos and information along to our warranty department.
    So sorry to hear you’re having binding trouble and we will help you get it sorted out asap!

  • Kimberly Clement

    Thank you so much for your help! I’m very impressed with the quick response from the warranty department, and I know this issue will be resolved well. You guys are awesome! Thanks again!

  • Rob

    My toestrap snap and broke in my hand while putting it over my toe while I was on top of killington mt in Vermont. Super frustrating I didn’t ride 2014/2015 season because of this. All I want is a toestrap but I literally can’t find it anywhere. Please help!

  • rider with no binder

    My 2012/13 base plates broke aswell ankle strap twice toe cap three times i’ve emailed gnu a bunch of times only the very first time did they ever send me any replacment in the summer i mght add the rest of the times they”ve ignored me. Mervin dont care about their customers just their money i suggest buy another brand cause these guys are jerks

  • Elena Tersina
  • Jacqueline Schardt

    Hi- I have the same problem as Kimberly Clement. I purchased the B-Famous bindings from The House as well and my toe clip busted on the first day of my season! =[ I love the rear entry technology and these binding were awesome otherwise. I know it’ll be a few weeks before I get another pair from The House. Do you recommend another binding that does not have this problem but has the rear entry? I don’t mind purchasing another pair of bindings in the meantime. Right now I’m riding with two different binding so I can at least keep using the good one. Thanks!

  • Игорь Якупов
  • Anatolyevich Andrey

    Broke the cap-straps on -15°C.
    Model B-realDate of manufacture 2013. How can I change. Russia, Moscow.I need 2pcs. I can pay coast shipping to Russia. Best regards.

  • Hello,
    Thanks for reaching out to us and expressing interest in our bindings! We’re sorry if you’re having any issues when it comes to broken or lost parts. Here is the link to our “Spare Parts Request” page. By filling this out it will allow us to understand exactly what your problem is, and we can take the next step in solving it for you.