Buoyancy Compensation Vests Recalled

CPSC reported that Mares has received one report of a loose deflator button, but no injuries have been reported. The vests were sold at specialized dive shops and online from June 2018 through March 2019 for about $350 to $825.

Mares of Boca Raton, Fla., has recalled about 600 units of its XR buoyancy compensation vests because their deflation button can come unscrewed and result in loss of buoyancy, posing a drowning hazard, the Consumer Product Safety Commission announced June 12.

Owners of the vests are asked to contact Mares at 800-874-3236 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Eastern weekdays, e-mail Recall@us.mares.com, or visit https://www.mares.com/us-US/sports/extended-range/recall/, or go to the Mares USA main website, click or hover on "Scuba Diving" on the gray toolbar at the top of the page, then click on "Recall" for more information.

The recall involves Mares XR buoyancy compensation vests used for scuba diving. The serial number is printed on a rectangular label on the inflator's body; the recall affects serial numbers from 8A-02001 to 8A-07630.

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled buoyancy compensation vests and take them to a Mares scuba dealer for a free repair. CPSC reported that the company has received one report of a loose deflator button, but no injuries have been reported.

The vests were sold at specialized dive shops and online from June 2018 through March 2019 for about $350 to $825.

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