Fault in the triggering device in life jackets

CM Hammar, which produces life-saving equipment, issued a product warning in September 2011 regarding inflatable life jackets manufactured before 2006.
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utlosareCM Hammar, which produces life-saving equipment, issued a product warning in September 2011 regarding inflatable life jackets manufactured before 2006. A triggering device for inflation is used on CE-marked buoyancy aids and type-approved life jackets and has a welded sealing gasket. In 2006 CM Hammar upgraded the plastic material in the sealing gasket to improve its sealing properties and durability. On a small number of sealing gaskets manufactured prior to 2006, the material has aged prematurely. This is probably caused by excessive heat, combined with high humidity. The sealing gasket can then become stiffer, change colour and in some cases crack, resulting in leakage during inflation. CM Hammar wants to prevent potentially poor sealing gaskets from putting users in danger. If you have a buoyancy aid or a life jacket manufactured prior to 2006 that has not been updated recently, the company recommends that you contact the nearest authorized service station. The manufacturing date is located on the inside of the life jacket. For self-monitoring of life jackets, please visit CM Hammar’s website for further information. There is also information on the Swedish Transport Agency website: (http://www.transportstyrelsen.se/sv/Sjofart/Olyckor–tillbud/Safety-Alert/Produktvarning-for-CM-Hammars-liv–och-raddningsvastutlosare-tillverkade-fore-2006/?transportarea=All )
SFu Safety Alert 20/10/2011

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