SEPT. 7 -- BFA Marine has sent out a notification that several of their leisure raft models manufactured between 1997 and 2006 are being recalled.
Due to an incorrect assembly process, the company identified severe flaws of the overpressurization valves on models Atlantic, Pacific, Baltic and BFA/XM Offshore that could lead to a complete deflation of the compartment when broken.
BFA states on its Web site that if both valves on the two independent compartments fail simultaneously, the life raft will sink. Therefore, owners of these leisure models are encouraged to take their rafts to the nearest BFA-approved service station so the valves can be inspected and, if need be, replaced. This recall does not affect any commercial life raft models.
In order to determine if your BFA life raft is included in this recall, look for rafts with five-digit serial numbers from 10001 to 50180 or 12-digit serial numbers beginning with XDC that can be found either in the log card or on the canister. For more information regarding this recall and to find an authorized service station near you, visit www.bfa-marine.com.
— Elizabeth Ellis