The recall affects boat owners because of the requirements by various governmental agencies that regulate documentation or registration of vessels such as the United States Coast Guard and Transport Canada. Potentially a boat owner could be found to be in violation of these regulations because they could be found to have no valid fire extinguishers aboard. There is no evidence that this might occur. Who knows how the insurance industry will react.
Owners should immediately inspect their fire extinguishers and contact Kidde if they suspect that they have any recalled extinguishers aboard.
For vessels that have recalled extinguishers--and are away from their home port--could experience some logistical problems in exchanging the fire extinguishers. To ensure that you meet the required fire extinguisher regulations you might want to purchase the minimum required number of fire extinguishers to have aboard until the replacements can be obtained. Don’t give your insurance company any excuse to deny a fire-related claim.
Dennis Ross, MMS
S/V Two Can Play
La Paz, BCS, Mexico