JACKSONVILLE, Fla., Aug. 9, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- A portion of personal flotation devices (PFDs) of the 2010 product year 198RT, lot 17192B098 (USCG Approval 160.055/153/0) and potentially 2010 product year 160RT, lot 168032C60 (USCG Approval 160.055/196/0) employ an elongated spring-loaded tab in the snap-hook which makes it difficult to close and properly don the vest.
Out of an abundance of caution we are notifying the public to provide guidance on how to remedy the situation. We take the quality of this legacy product seriously and customer safety is our top priority. We estimate this potential problem only affects up to 50-100 PFDs, and not every snap-hook used to secure each vest. Our recommendation is that members of the general public take the following steps if they own one of these PFDs:
1. Read the label on the vest to verify whether your vest is affected.
2. If it is affected, do not don the vest until the snap-hook is replaced.
3. Contact the retailer, dealer or distributor from which you purchased the vest from, or contact Survitec Group by phone (904-562-5900) or via email ([email protected]) and a replacement buckle will be sent to you at no charge.
4. The buckle is simple to install.
The United States Coast Guard issued a Marine Safety Bulletin on September 20, 2011 pertaining to this issue for some Revere 198RT vests. A full copy of this bulletin may be accessed at http://www.uscg.mil/hq/cg5/TVNCOE/Documents/SafetyAlerts/SecNOLJ.pdf as well as at http://www.survitec-spi.com/notices.
Commanding a leading position in the global market for commercial marine survival products, Survitec Group brings together best-in-class brands with the reputation for quality design and innovation. With a heritage of over 70 years servicing the maritime industry, our North American offices are in Jacksonville, Florida and we offer the complete portfolio of commercial marine survival products including liferafts, life vests, inflatable PFDs, immersion suits, dry suits, public safety equipment, first-aid kits, associated electronics, lighting and pyrotechnics products.
Nick Howland, Vice President, Survitec Group North America
Tel: +1 904 562 5900
Email: [email protected]
SOURCE Survitec Group