Self-inflating life rafts

Recall published
2007-09-24
Brand
  • BFA MARINE
Product title
Self-inflating life rafts
Product description
Self-inflating life rafts manufactured between 1997 and 2002 (serial numbers 10001 – 50180) and between 2002 and April 2007 (serial numbers starting with the prefix XDC).
Risk
The product poses a serious risk of drowning because the life raft may not inflate when used, owing to a fault: - in the two valves on each of the two compartments, - on the Y-shaped plastic inflating connection. It seemed that the valve fault originated from assembly in a factory using lubricants which allowed tightening beyond the force recommended by the supplier. When over tightened, the overpressure valves can crack, or even break, after a period of time which is difficult to estimate, but which may apparently be shortened as a function of storage temperature. Concerning the Y-connection, a Y-shaped plastic inflation connection is fitted to a small number of life rafts manufactured. The presence of traces of lubricant detected by analysis suggests that the cause of the faults on the Y-connection is the same as in the case of the valves.
Measures taken
Batch number / barcode
Model number
Models: BFA, Baltic, Atlantic, Pacific and XM/BFA OFFSHORE
Recall type
Consumer product
Risk type
Drowning
Country of origin
Hungary
RAPEX Reference
0980/07
Risk level
Products with serious risks
Notifying country
France

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