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Mares recalls buoyancy compensation vests

The vest can lose buoyancy, posing a drowning hazard

Photo source: CPSC
Mares of Boca Raton, Fla., is recalling about 600 Mares XR buoyancy compensation vests.

The deflation button can come unscrewed and result in loss of buoyancy, posing a drowning hazard.

The firm has received one report of a loose deflator button. No injuries have been reported.

This recall involves Mares XR buoyancy compensation vests used for scuba diving.

The following model numbers and model names are included in this recall:

Model #

Description / Model Name


Donut Bladder Single Tank - XR Line


Donut Bladder Twin Tank - XR Line


Sidemount Pure Light Bladder - XR Line


Red Devil Single Backmount set - XR Line


Red Devil Single Backmount set SSI - XR Line


Pure Light Sidemount compl.set - XR Line


Silver Knight Single BM set - XR Line


Blue Battle Single Backmount set - XR Line

The serial number is printed on a rectangular label on the inflator body. This recall affects serial numbers from 8A-02001 to 8A-07630.

The buoyancy compensation vests, manufactured in Italy, were sold at specialized dive shops and online from June 2018, through March 2019, for about $350 to $825.

What to do

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled buoyancy compensation vests and take them to a Mares scuba dealer for a free repair.

Consumers may contact Mares at (800) 874-3236 between 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. (ET) Monday through Friday, by e-mail at, or online at

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