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Life jacket reform ruling approved

The Coast Guard last week published a final rule that will encourage life jacket regulatory reform by removing exclusivity for Underwriters Laboratories as the only Coast Guard approved lab to test inflatable life jackets, the National Marine Manufacturers Association announced.

The marine industry association said the rule signals that the Coast Guard is "seriously considering approving an inflatable lifejacket standard that will remove the bar of inflatable life jackets for youth ages 16 and under."

Such a move would encourage youth lifejacket wear as a result of the innovative design and comfort benefits of inflatable lifejackets.

Click here to view the full rule making.