A recall notice has been issued for rocket parachute flares relating to model “L-35 / L-35A”
The Department of Transport has been advised that the Dutch Safety Board has issued a Safety notice for rocket parachute flares relating to model “L-35/L-35A” manufactured by LECEA Sistemas Pirotécnicos Avanzados, S.A.
The Manufacturer has also issued a recall Notice. In a press release the company says:
“We hereby inform you that we received notification of an accident involving an L-35 rocket from lot 113, manufactured in August 2021. Taking into account the information received, as a preventive measure, it has been decided to recall all rockets of the aforementioned lot. Likewise, it is recommended not to use the L-35 rockets marked with the lot number 113 and to facilitate their return to the factory.
“To this end, once this communiqué has been published, all customers who have received rockets from lot 113 will be contacted, indicating the delivery note number and date of sale of the product so that, in turn, they can contact the end customers and proceed with the recovery of the articles. Rockets or equipment withdrawn will be replaced immediately, free of charge.
“We regret the inconvenience that this situation may cause, but we understand that it is the quickest and safest preventive solution for the end customer.”
All owners of Red Rocket Parachute Flare from Pirolec, type L-35/ L35A, batch 0525/2021 –113, are requested to stop using flares from this batch and replace them. If in doubt, operators should contact the manufacturer email@example.com.
The Department of Transport informed owners of this type of flare:
“This safety alert follows a fatal incident onboard a Dutch vessel when a flare reportedly exploded prematurely during an attempted launch. It is important to recall that SOLAS Convention requires that not less than 12 rocket parachute flares, complying with the requirements of the Life-Saving Appliances Code, shall be carried and be stowed on or near the Navigation bridge.”