UK. Repeat warning: Check your White Collision Warning Flares now, don’t risk serious injury Print E-mail
Thursday, 13 April 2006
Marian Martin

Yesterday, BYM News published a Recall from Pains Wessex on its Product & Industry News; this is now being repeating on the Sports News & on the new Sailing.rss feed.

On April 6, a man was very seriously injured when a Pains Wessex White Collision Warning (MK7) Hand Flare detonated as he was demonstrating the correct use of flares. The detonation seriously injured his hand and arm, but his worst injuries were caused by the metal tube entering his abdomen and passing right through his body. Check your flares now.

The Pains Wessex recall, issued yesterday, is republished below.

“It has come to our attention that a batch of this product could malfunction with a risk of personal injury. As a responsible company Pains Wessex are recalling a number of their White Collision Warning (MK7) Hand Flares. The Lot Numbers of the batches we wish to recall are 2045 and 2046. This number can be found ink-jetted on the tube of the flare.

No other Pains Wessex products are being recalled.

The Pains Wessex White Collision Warning (MK 7) Hand Flare is sold on its own and are also contained as a part of the Collision Warn-Off Kit and the ORC RORC Distress Kit.

Please check if you have a flare with either Lot Number. If so, do not use it but return it immediately to the place of purchase where it will be replaced.

If you are unable to return to it to the place of purchase, please take to your nearest chandler, or telephone Pains Wessex + 44(0)2392 623962 or e-mail

Pains Wessex MK7 White Handflare Incident (issued 12th April 2006 - 1600 hrs)

Pains Wessex can confirm that a member of the public was injured when using the above product on 5 April 2006.

Our thoughts are with the injured party and their family and we wish them a speedy recovery.

An investigation has commenced in co-operation with the Health & Safety Executive and Trading Standards.

The company is also conducting an internal investigation into the incident and has acted immediately to suspend new shipments of the product and to recall other MK7 flares from the same production batches as the flare involved in this incident (Product Number 52651, Lot Number 2045 and 2046, expiry Date 12/08).

Further information will be released as and when it becomes available.

White Collision Warning (MK7) hand-held flare: Lot Number: 2045 and 2046; Product Number: 52651; Expiry Date: 12/08.
Last Updated ( Thursday, 13 April 2006 )
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