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Coast Guard reports potential PFD flaw

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Recent Coast Guard inspections of Type I personal flotation devices, in both adult and child size, identified a potential hazard that could prevent proper donning in the event of an emergency.

The chest strap was threaded through the fixed "D" ring that the strap is intended to clip to when worn. It was discovered that several PFDs were assembled this way at the factory and, if not corrected, could create a hazardous condition during an emergency.

Instead of the strap falling away, allowing the wearer to wrap it around him or her, the clip end of the strap could snag in the "D" ring, preventing the wearer from getting it around their body.

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