Zodiac International is asking anyone who purchased either a BFA Marine Pacific, Atlantic or Baltic liferaft or an XM/BFA Offshore liferaft between August 1995 and June 2000 to have the liferaft serviced before further use.

The manufacturer of these liferafts — Nautiv Sicherheit für Wassersport and Zodiac International — have identified a possible defect on the valves of the liferafts that could lead to a complete malfunction.

If your liferaft has been serviced since March 1, 2003 by an approved service station, then the valves have already been checked and no replacement of the valves is needed.

If, however, it hasn't been serviced, an approved BFA service station will check the valves and, if necessary, replace them free of charge. To find out where your nearest station is please contact savmarineinfo@zodiac.com for BFA liferafts or, for XM/BFA liferafts, call: 44 (0)870 751 4666 or email sales@xm-yachting.co.uk