MARITIME Safety Victoria (MSV) is warning boaters who own or intend to buy lifejackets to be aware of a model and batch that has failed safety testing.
MSV, the state’s marine safety regulator, has served lifejacket supplier Jarvis Walker with a notice to undertake a product recall with the ACCC for a batch of a particular block-type jacket. The lifejacket is a Jarvis Walker model ‘Type 1 PFD’, batch number WD-15-0588. There are as many as 20,000 products in the Australian market, however the number in Victoria was unavailable at the time of publication. Jarvis Walker has already contacted its suppliers directly.
“This safety alert is an important message for the public, as they cannot rely on this particular lifejacket model and batch to protect lives in a marine incident,” urged Peter Corcoran, director of maritime safety.
The lifejacket was found to lack adequate fixtures to secure its foam blocks in place. In testing, this resulted in the right foam block either completely dislodging, or sliding up to the wearer’s chin and the head block sliding to the left, thereby providing inadequate support for the wearer’s head.
Read the safety alert at transportsafety.vic.gov.au/msv/news.