Pains Wessex issues total recall

VICTORIA, Australia - Pains Wessex, an Australian manufacturer of marine distress products, has begun a total recall of its White Collision Warning (MK7) Hand Flares, item No 52651, the company reported in a release yesterday.

The recall broadens steps taken by the company in early April to recall certain batches of White Collision Warning (MK7) Hand Flares after a member of the public was seriously injured while using one.

Pains Wessex said none of its Red (MK7) Hand Flares, nor any other products, are being recalled.

“Pains Wessex has identified that there may be a risk that some of these white flares will not fire as intended,” the company said in its release. “All white flares are therefore being recalled as a safety precaution. Additionally, this total recall will allow us to bring these products into our continuing investigation.

“Customers with in-date Pains Wessex White Collision Warning (MK7) Hand Flares Item No 52651 are requested not to use the flare, and to return it immediately to the place of purchase where the purchase price will be refunded. If unable to return the flare to the place of purchase, customers may take the flare to their nearest chandler.”

Pains Wessex said customers with out-of-date White Collision Warning (MK7) Hand Flares Item No 52651 should contact the company at +44(0) 2392 623965. Pains Wessex has set up a help line during office hours at +44(0)2392 623962 or can be contacted via email at

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