Do not rely on Kannad Safelink EPIRBs for search and rescue, warns the manufacturer following concerns that they may not work when needed. The issue appears to be due to the plastic body ageing prematurely.
The Safelink EPIRB’s yellow body plastic may prematurely age when subjected to specific environmental conditions which has the potential to impact on its long term effectiveness in the field. The Kannad Safelink EPIRB model is the only Kannad Marine product affected.
“Although the issue identified may impact beacon effectiveness in a very small number of cases, we believe it is important to take broader preventative actions to respond to this situation promptly and comprehensively for your safety. That is why Kannad Marine has decided to instigate a voluntary Global Recall Program for the Safelink EPIRBs” says the company.
If you suspect that you may have an affected beacon, only Safelink EPIRB auto and manual, you should not use the Safelink as the primary Search and Rescue beacon on board your vessel.
Register your ownership, location and contact details at the dedicated website: www.Safelinkepirbsupport.co.uk. Once registered, Kannad Marine Support team will direct you to your local partner to arrange a replacement of your beacon with a Kannad Sport Pro + Auto or Manual, with a five year warranty, free of charge.
For further information, contact Kannad Marine:
UK Tel: +44 (0) 2392 623950
France Tel: +33 (0) 29702 4931
USA Tel:+1 (800) 262 8722