The Coast Guard issued Marine Safety Alert 13-16 to remind all inflatable life jacket users of the importance of performing periodic maintenance on their equipment.
Instances of fatal accidents where inflatable life jackets failed to properly inflate have been documented. When a life jacket fails to inflate properly, the results can be life threatening.
In light of these instances, the Coast Guard highly recommends routine maintenance, service, and inspection in accordance with the manufacturer’s instructions.
For additional details, please view the entire safety alert.
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