Potentially faulty valves discovered

Viking Life-Saving Equipment are recalling of one of their products.

The Danish firm are recalling certain serial numbers of RescYou? yachting and fishing liferafts to check their pressure relief valves.

Thanner & Co, a supplier of pressure relief valves, have informed Viking that potential problems with its Thanner OTS 65-type valve may cause it to break and prevent a liferaft from inflating properly.

Therefore, as a precautionary measure, Viking are recommending that all Thanner OTS 65 valves used in RescYou? liferafts should be checked and if necessary replaced.

The liferafts that are fitted with these pressure relief valves are specific serial numbers of Viking RescYou? liferafts and RescYou? Pro liferafts, in 4, 6 and 8-person sizes and carried either in a container or valise.

“We are asking owners of RescYou? and RescYou? Pro liferafts to check the type of their liferaft and its serial number on www.viking-yachting.com to see if it is at risk,” said Kjeld Amann, Managing director. The types concerned are labeled ‘UKL’ (RescYou?) and ‘UKSL’ (RescYou? Pro).

The type and serial number can be found on the certificate of compliance that an owner received with the liferaft. The type and serial number can also be seen on the registration label on the bottom of the liferaft container or on the valise.

“If a RescYou? liferaft is found to be at risk, we are asking owners to contact a Viking-approved servicing station for a valve inspection – and any valve replacement will of course be free of charge”, Kjeld Amann said. Servicing stations and their contact details are listed on www.viking-yachting.com.

“We thank everyone for their co-operation and apologise for any inconvenience this may cause, Kjeld Amann said. “I want to reassure owners and users of our liferafts that their safety is our priority”.