Mares Issues Urgent Voluntary Recall Notification for Third-Party XR Inflators
Mares has issued an urgent safety recall on inflator mechanisms used in its XR range of scuba diving products.
The voluntary recall notice was issued for inflators manufactured by third-party supplier Ferplast.
According to the notification:
‘Under certain circumstances, the deflation button could come unscrewed which could result in loss of the seal at the mouthpiece. This in turn would result in loss of buoyancy that could potentially lead to an accident and serious injury or death, hence Mares has decided to issue a VOLUNTARY product recall to protect the safety of the diver.’
A source for ValmDivers.com at Mares PH has told us that whilst there is no record of these being sold in the Philippines to date, some customers may have bought them overseas and brought them to the Philippines..
The recall is only applicable to newer models of the Ferplast inflator, as depicted below. In particular, only inflators with a serial number from 8A – 02001 to8A – 07630 are being recalled.
The product models affected are only from the Extended Range (XR) Line and are listed as follows:
- 417511 Donut Bladder Single Tank – XR Line
- 417512 Donut Bladder Twin Tank – XR Line
- 17536 Sidemount Pure Light Bladder – XR Line
- 417539 Red Devil Single Backmount set – XR Line
- 417540 Red Devil Single Backmount set SSI – XR Line
- 417547 Pure Light Sidemount compl.set – XR Line
- 417550 Silver Knight Single BM set – XR Line
- 417551 Blue Battle Single Backmount set – XR Line
Each inflator is identified by its own serial number. If you inflator body is marked with an X and the serial number starts with 19.XX.XXX as in the picture, it has been assembled properly and can be used for diving. If the inflator does NOT have the X engraved on the body and the serial number is in the range from 8A – 02001 to 8A – 07630 range, the inflator is affected, cannot be used anymore, and you are advised to have it replaced immediately.
Important for Mares Customers here in the Philippines to know is..
You will need to send it to Mares where you bought the BCD for replacement, Mares PH are not accepting returns as they have not sold any here!
The complete product safety recall document can be found at http://www.head.com/fileadmin/content/Mares/Files/Inflator- Recall-Consumers-SM21Mar2019final-W.pdf
For more information and Mares’ dealer locator, visit the Mares website at www.mares.com