The Coast Guard has issued a warning about certain life vests, saying they could be difficult to put on during an emergency.
The vests at issue are the Kent Sporting Goods adult model 8830, which was manufactured in October 2006, and the Kent child model 8820, made in March 2008.
According to the Coast Guard, the chest strap on each vest was inserted through a fixed “D” ring when they were manufactured.
However, the strap has a clip at its end, and the clip may get snagged on the “D” ring when a user tries to pull the strap out in order to put the vest on.
The Coast Guard is strongly recommending that vessel owners and operators check their vests to ensure they can be donned quickly and properly in an emergency.