UNITED STATES – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced a recall regarding certain scuba diving vests due to the risk of drowning. The recall applies to the Mares XR Buoyancy Compensation Vests.
The recall was announced on June 12 and applies to about 600 vests manufactured by Mares. The deflate button on the vests has the potential to come loose and cause a loss of buoyancy, which can pose a risk of drowning to persons wearing it. The vests come in three colors: silver, blue, and red. The recall applies to back-mount sets and side-mount and donut bladder tanks.
Models numbers included in the recall are: 417511, 417512, 417536, 417539, 417540, 417547, 417550, 417551. Serial numbers are 8A-02001 though 8A-07630. The recall number is 19-137. Mares received one report about an unscrewed deflator button, and the incident did not result in injury.
Mares is a company based in Bacon Raton, Florida. The company sold the XR buoyancy compensation vests during June 2018 through March 2019 at special retailers carrying diving equipment. The company also sold the vests online. They retailed between $350 and $825.
CPSC indicated in its announcement of the vest recall that consumers should stop using their vests immediately if they are included in the recall and should take the vests to a Mares dealer for repairs. The repairs will be free of charge to consumers.
Consumers with questions about the recall can contact Mares by calling (800) 874-3236 or sending an email to [email protected]. Consumers can also visit the Recalls page on the Mares website to learn more information.
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