Product Safety Recall: GME Epirb

16 October 2014

After exhaustive testing our supplier of the GME Epirbs has identified a fault in the microprocessor of certain units that effectively shuts the beacon down. We are concerned that the beacon may not work in an emergency situation.


In consultation with national maritime authorities, our supplier has decided to recall certain EPIRBs manufactured between January 2005 and February 2008.
The affected units are the MT400, MT401 and MT403 beacons with serial
numbers between 50101000 and 80250722.

What should you do?

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 our sales department to arrange a replacement of your beacon at no extra charge.

We would also like to take this opportunity to remind all EPIRB users, 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.

If you require any further information or assistance, please do not hesitate to contact our sales department.
Phone: +31 (0) 596 635252

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