The Italian manufacturer has issued a voluntary recall of their XR Line Inflator after discovering a quality issue.
The inflator is made by Ferplast and the recall only relates to products that have been fitted with the new type of Ferplast inflator.
Mares has advised that if you currently have one of the recalled units, you should return it to your Mares Dealer who will arrange the inflator to be replaced for free.
Stop diving it immediately and return it to your Mares Dealer
Inflators with a serial number from 8A - 02001 to 8A - 07630 are being recalled:
- 417511: Donut Bladder Single Tank - XR Line
- 417512: Donut Bladder Twin Tank - XR Line
- 417536: Sidemount Pure Light Bladder - XR Line
- 417539: Red Devil Single Backmount set - XR Line
- 417540: Red Devil Single Backmount set SSI - XR Line
- 417547: Pure Light Sidemount compl.set - XR Line
- 417550: Silver Knight Single BM set - XR Line
- 417551: Blue Battle Single Backmount set - XR Line
Aircells that are fitted with the previous type inflator and do not fall in within this range of serial numbers (8A - 02001 to 8A - 07630) are not affected by this recall.
Why has this product recall been issued?
It is possible that under certain circumstances the deflation button can unscrew which could result in loss of the seal at the mouthpiece, and then a loss in buoyancy. Therefore Mares has decided to issue a voluntary product recall.
Hundreds of these inflators have been produced by a third party supplier without any problems. However because of a change in the production process insufficient torque was applied when some of the inflators were assembled. This has now been rectified and the correct torque applied when assembling the button. In addition a special glue is now being added to the threads.
What happens to your recalled equipment?
Mares has stated that every affected inflator will be replaced with a new inflator and corrugated hose, and a gasket for the elbow connection. The inflator body be marked with an X to indicate it has been properly assembled.
The work should be done by an authorised Mareslab Service Centre and the works will be done free of charge.