Bob Littler Agencies Pty Ltd—Marine Distress Flares—BLA Red Hand Flare and BLA Orange Hand Smoke Signal

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Product description

Red Hand Flares, product code 222052, batch numbers 143847 (Expiry Date 07/2010), 145303 (Expiry Date 09/2010) and 147556 (Expiry Date 01/2011). These products are also contained in the following BLA kits: Offshore Flare Kit, Tasmania and South Australia, product code 222070; Trawler Flare Kit, product code 222072; Inshore Flare Kit, product code 222074; Offshore Flare Kit – Western Australia, product code 222075 and Inshore Flare Kit – NSW, product code 222076. The product code can be found on Individual Product – in black panel closest to the hnad grip end of the Flare. Flare Kits – directly above the barcode on the front packaging card. The flares were available for sale from 30 July 2007. Orange Hand Smoke Flares, product code 222056, batch numbers 143847 (Expiry Date 07/2010) and 145303 (Expiry Date 09/2010) These products are also contained in the following BLA kits: Offshore Flare Kit, Tasmania and South Australia, product code 222070; Trawler Flare Kit, product code 222072; Inshore Flare Kit, product code 222074; Inshore Flare Kit – NSW, product code 222076. The product code can be found on Individual Product – in black panel closest to the hand grip end of the Flare. Flare Kits – directly above the barcode on front packaging card. The flares were available for sale from 30 July 2007.

What are the defects?

Limited testing by SAI Global has indicated that the red hand flare may not comply with Australian Standard 2092-2004, as it is unlikely that the flare will be seen from the required distance. Further, there may be a fire hazard from the emission of hot particles from the flare. Limited testing by SAI Global has indicated that the orange hand smoke flares may not comply with Australian Standard 2092-2004, as while the smoke signals operated safely, the density and volume of smoke produced was inadequate.

What are the hazards?

Injury

What should consumers do?

Consumers should immediately cease using the product and return it to the place of purchase, where they will receive a credit note or a refund of the purchase price. Please note these products are classified as Dangerous Goods Code 1.4G and must be transported accordingly. Further information is available from Paul Kessell at Bob Littler Agencies Pty Ltd during business hours on 07 3390 0196 or paul.kessell@bla.com.au