15 Jul 2014
A range of Emergency Position Indicating Radio Beacons (EPIRBs) manufactured by Standard Communications Pty Ltd has been recalled.
EPIRBs manufactured between January 2005 and February 2008 have been recalled.
The affected units are the MT400, MT401 and MT403 beacons with serial numbers between 50101000 and 80250722.
Testing revealed a fault in the microprocessor of certain units that effectively shuts the beacon down. The manufacturers are concerned the beacon may not work in an emergency situation.
If you have a GME EPIRB, please check the model number and serial number. The serial number can be found on the left side of the beacon at the base of the identity panel.
If you own one of the affected units listed above, please contact GME at firstname.lastname@example.org or your local distributor to arrange a replacement of your beacon at no extra charge.
EPIRB users are reminded, regardless of the brand, to regularly test the unit. There should be a simple self-test mechanism on all units.
You should also ensure that beacon batteries are replaced at intervals recommended by the manufacturer.