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PFD safety alert

I just received this from a member of our sailing association --


User Safety Alert
Subject: PFD inflation failure due to false positive service indicators and incorrect CO2 cylinder installation

Halkey-Roberts has become aware that some Halkey-Roberts’ inflators can indicate a green “Ready” status when the CO2 cylinder is not properly installed per the arming or rearming instructions. This false positive green indication occurs when the cylinder-bayonet assembly is inserted in the inflator, not turned, and the cylinder is not ejected.

Cylinders with bayonet tips are designed to be pushed in and turned 1/8th turn clockwise to a full stop to secure the cylinder. When the cylinder is not turned to secure it in place, the PFD will not inflate with CO2. (Note: The PFD may be inflated orally.) If the CO2 cylinder is not turned, the mechanism is supposed to eject it. In some production units a false positive green indication can be achieved by simply pushing the cylinder into the mechanism without turning it 1/8th turn to a full stop. With one of these units a user was led to believe the cylinder-bayonet was properly engaged without turning it due to the firm seating of the cylinder-bayonet which also prevented the cylinder-bayonet from ejecting as designed.

PFDs affected: Check the model number of the PFD (located on the manufacturer’s label) to see if your PFD is affected. The model numbers are:

Manufacturer PFD Model #

Mustang Survival Corp.

MC1900
MC1900HR
MD0100 LIFT Vest Manual
MD0200 LIFT Vest Auto
MD3081 Manual
MD3082 Manual with Harness
MD3083 Automatic
MD3084 Automatic w/Harness
All colors and styles

Contact Number
1.800.526.0532 (USA)
1.800.661.6181 (Canada)
Mustang Survival :: Immersion suits, inflatable life jackets, flotation vests, dry suits...

Protexion Products Inc.

NIV3000
NIV3500, with Harness
NIV4000
NIV4500, with Harness

1.800.268.3112
Nautilus by Protexion - manufacturers of PFD's and Lifejackets
Customer Service email
Stearns Inc.
(also SOSpenders)

38MLNG
38MHRN
24MSPT
38MREG
38MBP

38ASSTD
38ASHAR
38ASPRO
38CHR
1469
1473
1.800.328.3208 ext. 1
Stearns Inc - Quality and safety products for hunting, fishing, watersports and industrial

User Action: Check your device to ensure that the inserted CO2 cylinder-bayonet has been fully turned clockwise prior to use. Use the arming/indicator instructions that follow if you are uncertain about the readiness of your PFD. If your PFD has been inflated, updated rearming instructions are attached.
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Good to know Pegasus... I have at least one PFD that is on the list.
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