by Dom Wiseman

After testing by Maritime Safety Victoria, two lifejackets or personal floatation devices (PFDs) sold locally have been recalled over their ability to operate effectively in an emergency situation. The recall affects Jarvis Walker block style PFDs.

Jarvis Walker has issued a voluntary recall of its Adult Block PFD Type 1. It was sold under the Jarvis Walker and Platinum brands in single and twin packs.

Single unit code 241050 Platinum brand, sold from July 2011 to December 2015

Single unit code 56000 JW Brand, sold from January 2012 to December 2015

Twin pack code 241300 JW Brand, sold from August 2014 to October 2017

MSV says they tested a single lifejacket batch and model number identifying a suspected design fault with the waistband affixed to one side only. During testing the unsecured side of the lifejacket slipped free of the waistband when used in an emergency situation. This created a risk of drowning. Other lifejackets with the same fault were also identified.

MSV said the recall includes adult lifejackets nationally in the order of 40,000 products sold in single and twin packs. A quick look online revealed some retailers still listing the recalled product for sale so consumers are asked to exercise caution when purchasing PFDs online.

Consumers are urged not to use the Block PFD and to contact Jarvis Walker via phone on 03 8787 6900 or email. For more information click here.