Congress Advances Key Boating Safety Priorities

Originally posted by BoatingIndustry.com.

The U.S. House of Representatives has passed the Elijah E. Cummings Coast Guard Authorization Act of 2020 as part of the National Defense Authorization Act.

National Marine Manufacturers Association (NMMA) played a critical role in shaping the bill—which includes key provisions that would improve the safety of the millions of Americans who take to the water each year. 

The bill includes a provision that would mandate the wear of engine cut-off devices for operators of boats under 26 feet while underway—a critical safety measure that law enforcement, manufacturers, and the recreational boating community strongly support. This measure builds upon the important steps taken two years when Congress required manufacturers to install these devices in most boats under 26 feet, which is something many boating manufacturers have been doing for years.

Additionally, the bill would grant the Coast Guard “equivalency” authority—allowing the Coast Guard to streamline approval of the recreational boating industry construction standards and new technologies, all while maintaining the highest level of safety.

Although the House had passed similar legislation in 2019, the U.S. Senate was unable to reach an agreement at that time. House and Senate leaders have spent the past several months negotiating the new agreement, which passed in the House last week and is expected to move forward in the Senate.

FIRE EXTINGUISHER RECALL

Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge and Nozzle Detachment.

Kidde Fire Extinguishers

Customers! If you purchased a boat from Erwin Marine Sales between 2012 and 2017, you should check your fire extinguisher for this recall. Contact Kidde for instructions to replace.


Recall information from the U.S. Product Consumer Safety Commission:

Name of product:
Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles

Hazard:
The fire extinguishers can become clogged or require excessive force to discharge and can fail to activate during a fire emergency. In addition, the nozzle can detach with enough force to pose an impact hazard.

Remedy:
Replace

Recall date:
November 2, 2017

Recall number:
18-022

Consumer Contact:
Kidde toll-free at 855-271-0773 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET Monday through Friday, 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. ET Saturday and Sunday, or online at www.kidde.com and click on “Product Safety Recall” for more information.