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Edwin W Seda,  DSO-VE 5NR

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Attention: All Vessel Examiners

From Sector Delaware to D5NR Vessel Examinters

ALCOAST COMMANDANT NOTICE CANCEL DATE 08 FEB 2019

R 091153 FEB 18 FM COMDT COGARD WASHINGTON DC//CG-5P// TO ALCOAST UNCLAS //N16247// ACN 013/18 SUBJ: ENFORCEMENT, EXAMINATION, AND INSPECTION PROCEDURES FOR KIDDE FIRE EXTINGUISHER RECALL
A. KIDDE FIRE EXTINGUISHER WITH PLASTIC HANDLE, RECALL 18-022 dtd 02 NOV 2017
B. 46 CFR 25.30
C. 46 CFR 28.160
D. USCG Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Examination - (Form CG-5587)
E. Vessel Safety Check Manual, COMDTINST M16796.8 (series)

1. Purpose. This ALCOAST announces the enforcement, dockside examination, vessel safety check, and vessel inspection procedures for vessels with a recalled Kidde Fire Extinguisher.

2. Discussion.
 A. On November 2, 2017, Kidde issued a voluntary recall, REF (A), of two styles of disposable fire extinguishers that identified 142 models of Kidde fire extinguishers with plastic handles or push button indicators manufactured between January 1, 1973 and September 22, 2017; these 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.
 B. Presently, the recalled fire extinguishers remain approved by the Coast Guard and COMDT (CG-ENG) is working with the manufacturer to more fully understand the risk of failure.

3. Action. Effective immediately, adhere to the following enforcement, inspection, and examination procedures:
  A. Educate the owner and/or operator of any inspected or uninspected vessel with a recalled Kidde fire extinguisher onboard about the recall and replacement process for getting a new fire extinguisher. The recall and replacement procedures can be found at the following websites:
  (a) Consumer Products Safety Commission: Kidde Recalls Fire Extinguishers with Plastic Handles Due to Failure to Discharge and Nozzle Detachment: One Death Reported

  (b) Marine Safety Alert: http://www.dco.uscg.mil/Portals/9/DCO%20Documents/5p/CG-5PC/INV/Alerts/1217.pdf. Do not issue a written warning or violation solely based on the presence of a voluntary recalled Kidde fire extinguisher that otherwise appears in good and serviceable condition. If asked about the risk associated with the recalled fire extinguishers, advise the owner and/or operator to REF (A).

  B. Dockside Commercial Fishing Vessel Examinations: Commercial Fishing Vessel Safety Examiners (CFVE) shall continue to document CFVS exams and issue safety decals IAW current policy for both mandatory and voluntary exams. The presence of recalled fire extinguishers shall not prevent the issuance of a safety decal even if the fire extinguishers subject to this recall are used to fulfill carriage requirements found in REFs (B) and (C). If all requirements for issuing a decal are otherwise met, then issue a safety decal but note on the "Continuation Sheet" of REF (D) that the CFV has recalled fire extinguishers aboard and that the CFVE notified the owner and/or operator of the CFV of the recall.

  C. Auxiliary and U.S. Power Squadron Vessel Safety Checks (VSC): Recalled fire extinguishers shall not prevent issuance of a VSC decal. Vessel Examiners shall issue a VSC decal to any vessel that receives a VSC in which a recalled fire extinguisher is on board and needed to meet carriage requirements when all other VSC requirements are met IAW REF (E).
If a recalled extinguisher is found and fulfills a carriage requirement, the vessel examiner shall annotate the VSC form by placing an asterisk and the word "RECALL" next to item 5, Fire Extinguishers, and provide a copy of the recall notice to the vessel owner. Vessel Examiners shall retain a copy of any VSC form annotated pursuant to this message until further notice. Auxiliary vessel examiners shall inform anyone requesting a VSC of the recall and the prudence in replacing recalled fire extinguishers.

  D. All other Inspected vessels: Educate all owners and/or operators of vessels with a recalled Kidde fire extinguisher onboard on the recall and replacement process for getting a new, non-recalled fire extinguisher. No enforcement action or deficiencies will be documented (e.g., COMDT (CG-835)), but please record notification of recall in MISLE activity narrative.

4. POCs

  A. Auxiliary VSC: BMCM Dennis OConnell, COMDT (CG-BSX-12), (202) 372-1265, Dennis.A.OConnell@uscg.mil.

  B. Recreational Boating: Joseph Carro, COMDT (CG-BSX-2), (202) 372-1068, Joseph.J.Carro@uscg.mil.

  C. CFV Dockside Exams: Joseph Myers, COMDT (CG-CVC-3), (202) 372-1249, Joseph.D.Myers@uscg.mil.

  D. Inspected Vessels: CDR Jennifer Hnatow, COMDT (CG-CVC-1), (202) 372-1215, Jennifer.L.Hnatow@uscg.mil

  E. MLE: CDR Kristi Bernstein, COMDT (CG-MLE-2), (202) 372-2166, Kristi.L.Bernstein@uscg.mil.


For questions related to USCG approval of portable fire extinguishers, please send an email to: TypeApproval@uscg.mil
5. Released by RDML J. P Nadeau, Assistant Commandant for Prevention Policy.
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