USCG has issued a safety alert to inform people about the urgent recall of all SAFELINK EPIRBs due to a possible defect that could result in the beacon not operating in emergency situations. USCG advises that if you own or use a SAFELINK EPIRB automatic or manual model it should not under any circumstances be used as a primary Search and Rescue beacon onboard.
The USCG provides the following information obtained by Kannad Marine:
Kannad Marine recommends that all owners of SAFELINK EPIRBs register their ownership, location and contact details via the dedicated website.
The website will first ask you to enter your SAFELINK EPIRB’s CSN number which is located on the EPIRB’s label. Once the CSN is entered an additional webpage will open where more detailed owner’s information is entered to arrange provision of a replacement EPIRB.
The Coast Guard strongly recommends that all owners and users of the Kannad SAFELINK EPIRBs seek replacement devices as soon as possible.