Mares has issued an Urgent Safety Notice and Recall of certain XR Inflators. For Mares' 18/19 XR range they fitted a third party inflator on a few BCD ranges and they have discovered a quality issue.
Am I Affected?
The Voluntary Recall applies to the following products from the Mares XR Range with serial numbers that fall between 8A – 02001 to 8A – 07630.
|417511||Donut Bladder Single Tank - XR Line|
|417512||Donut Bladder Twin Tank - XR Line|
|417536||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|
The easiest way to know if you are affected is to look at the design of your inflator and look for an X shaped stamp and the ID number on the inflator. If serial number is in between the numbers starting with 8A – 02001 up to 8A – 07630 and no X is marked on the body then you are affected.
Inflators that are safe to dive will have a X etched into the body near the ID number.
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.
The problem arises because insufficient torque was applied during the assembly of a small lot of these inflators. The inflators are produced by a third party supplier who has used the same principle on hundreds of thousands of inflators without problems. The issue at hand is limited to a small lot due to a change in their production process, which has already been rectified. The problem is solved by applying the correct torque when assembling the button. For added safety, a special glue is now added on the threads
What Do I Do?
The first thing you need to do is to stop diving with the BCD. Contact the Mares Dealer you bought the unit from or contact Mares directly with the information below. You will be instructed of the best way to return your BCD to Mares for assessment. Be sure to remove any personal parts you may have added to avoid potential loss.
Once identified as a faulty unit the inflator, corrugated hose, elbow and gasket will be replaced and your unit returned to your dealer for collection.
To read Mares' statement on the recal just visit this URL:
Mares UK Contact Details:
- 07717 214559