Mustang Survival, of Bellingham, Wash., has issued a voluntary recall of 11 inflatable PFD models and inflatable PFD re-arm kits because some of the inflator mechanisms may be faulty, resulting in a delay in inflation of the PFD or no inflation at all.
The PFDs and re-arm kits are equipped with Hammar hydrostatic inflators; the PFDs were made in Canada in April and May of this year, according to a Sept. 12 safety alert. “A portion of these PFDs may be subject to delayed or non-inflations,” Mustang says in its alert, which it describes as an “urgent advisory” to Mustang PFD customers.
The following Mustang Survival PFDs and re-arm kits are affected:
The U.S. products are MA7214 HIT Inflatable Re-arm Kit; MA7218 HIT Inflatable Re-arm Kit for LIFT; MD0450 Inflatable Vest PFD with LIFT; MD0451 Inflatable Vest PFD with LIFT (no harness); MD3183 Deluxe Inflatable PFD with HIT; MD3184 Deluxe Inflatable PFD with HIT (with harness); and the MD3188 Inflatable Work Vest with HIT.
The Canadian products are MA7214 HIT Inflatable Re-arm Kit; MD153 Deluxe Inflatable PFD with HIT; MD3154 Deluxe Inflatable PFD with HIT (with harness); and MD3157 Inflatable Work Vest with HIT.
Mustang, which found the problem during quality control tests, blames it on the faulty assembly of some inflator pieces. It says consumers have reported no malfunctions.
In detailed instructions to consumers at www.mustangsurvival.com/HIT, Mustang says the recalled PFDs have HIT inflators, their approval label shows they are one of the referenced models made in Canada in April or May, and their carbon dioxide cylinders are marked Lot No. 404121 or 404122. The recalled re-arm kits are identified by their carbon dioxide cylinders, which also are marked Lot No. 404121 or 404122.
The alert advises anyone who has a PFD or re-arm kit that meets the recall criteria to call Mustang customer service at (800) 526-0532 and arrange for a replacement inflator.
January 2013 issue