Wednesday, July 20, 2016

Kannad Marine Products Get Recalled


Anyone who lives near a popular Florida beach can tell you that once the summer months roll around, the boaters come out. People from all around the country travel to places like Clearwater, Florida in hopes that they get to enjoy the radiant sun warm their skin and feel the sand between their toes. Boating is one of the highlights of a summer trip to Clearwater beach and is a memory most will remember for the rest of their lives. Life jackets in hand, many recreational boaters often cruise around, not even realizing that their boat may contain parts that have been recalled. This is a dangerous phenomenon that occurs in Florida waters all the time. Specific boat parts are recently being acknowledged as recalled products due to their inability to withstand the salty environment they were intended to be in, the ocean.

Kannad Marine’s Recalls

Kannad Marine is a marine equipment company claiming to be one of the best providers of safety equipment out there. The company sells a variety of products describing them as a number of new and innovative features that will further benefit both the user and the search and rescue authorities, ensuring an even higher level of safety for you when at sea” [1]. Although Kannad Marine claims to be a company upholding the standards of water safety in their field, recent recalls on various products of theirs are proving the exact opposite. Two of Kannad Marine’s most well known products have just been recalled for their lack of competence in emergency situations [1]. Both of Kannad Marine’s EPIRB SAFELINK Manual+ and the GPS EPIRB SAFELINK Auto GPS have just been identified as recalled products [1].These products were created to meet the demands of not only commercial, but recreational boaters as well. The products listed are devises built with “a high accuracy GPS for enhanced position location” that are meant for any type of situation, emergency or not. The recent recall on Kannad Marine’s EPIRB SAFELINK Manual+ and the GPS EPIRB SAFELINK Auto GPS has to do with the equipment not operating in emergency situations [1]. The company claims the reasoning behind the recall being that the “yellow body plastic may prematurely age when subjected to specific environmental conditions which has the potential to impact on its long term effectiveness in the field” [2]. The United States Coast Guard explains further what they recommend anyone who has the recalled equipment to do in an Inspections and Compliance Directorate. Here, it is clearly stated which equipment has been recalled and how people who suspect that their equipment may be recalled “should not use the SAFELINK as the primary Search and Rescue beacon on board your vessel” [2]. When people buy Kannad Marine’s products, they put their faith into the company and assume that because the product is labeled by a “creditable source”, the equipment is just as reliable [2]. This is not the case with Kannad Marine. As one of the leaders in their field, it is critical to Kannad Marine’s reputation to come across to the public as safe and reliable.

Other Boat Part Recalls

Although Kannad Marine may have the media’s attention at the moment, there are plenty of other boating companies that have recalled items for sale. For example, Douglas Marine Corperation just publically announced that their ‘Skater 388’ IB Powered Boat has a recall involving the fuel system [3]. Another big name company that recently announced a recall is Suzuki Motor of America. Suzuki has recently admitted to a “start in gear” recall [3]. The recall claimed that some vessels did not allow the engine to shift from a neutral state from forward state [3]. These recalls are not only dangerous to the captain of the vessel; they are dangerous to other boaters as well. Upon the malfunction of a recalled product, the driver or passengers could be seriously hurt or possibly killed.

Dolman Law Group

Boating accidents caused by a recalled product can leave victims with serious injuries and medical expenses well into the hundreds of thousands of dollars. In particularly serious cases, the injuries that victims sustain can lead to mental or physical disabilities that may affect them for years. Fortunately, in many instances, Florida law entitles boating accident victims to significant compensation. It is critical that the boaters who purchase special marine equipment can put their full trust in it. If you may think that you have a piece of boating equipment that is a recalled product, you need to speak with an experienced lawyer. The Clearwater personal injury attorneys of the Dolman Law Group are knowledgeable personal injury advocates who work tirelessly to ensure that each client we represent obtains the full and fair value of his or her claim. To schedule a free consultation with one of our lawyers, please call our Clearwater office today at (727) 451-6900.

Dolman Law Group
800 North Belcher Road
Clearwater, FL 33765
(727) 451-6900


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