The vest can lose buoyancy, posing a drowning hazard

By James Limbach of ConsumerAffairs

June 17, 2019

PhotoMares of Boca Raton, Fla., is recalling about 600 Mares XR buoyancy compensation vests.

The deflation button can come unscrewed and result in loss of buoyancy, posing a drowning hazard.

The firm has received one report of a loose deflator button. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves Mares XR buoyancy compensation vests used for scuba diving.

The following model numbers and model names are included in this recall:

Model #

Description / Model Name

Serial Numbers

417511

Donut Bladder Single Tank – XR Line

8A-02001 through

8A-07630

417512

Donut Bladder Twin Tank – XR Line

417536

Sidemount Pure Light Bladder – XR Line

417539

Red Devil Single Backmount set – XR Line

417540

Red Devil Single Backmount set SSI – XR Line

417547

Pure Light Sidemount compl.set – XR Line

417550

Silver Knight Single BM set – XR Line

417551

Blue Battle Single Backmount set – XR Line

The serial number is printed on a rectangular label on the inflator body. This recall affects serial numbers from 8A-02001 to 8A-07630.

The buoyancy compensation vests, manufactured in Italy, were sold at specialized dive shops and online from June 2018, through March 2019, for about $350 to $825.

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled buoyancy compensation vests and take them to a Mares scuba dealer for a free repair.

Consumers may contact Mares at (800) 874-3236 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday, by e-mail at Recall@us.mares.com, or online at https://www.mares.com/us-US/sports/extended-range/recall/.

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