Liferafts may have 'defective' valves

If you purchased a “BFA Marine Pacific or Atlantic or Baltic” or “XM/BFA Offshore” Liferaft between August 1995 and June 2000, please read this warning carefully.

The manufacturer of these liferafts – “Nautiv Sicherheit für Wassersport GmbH in Liquidation” and “Zodiac International S.A” have identified a possible defect concerning the valves on all liferafts made during this period that may lead to a complete failure of the functioning of the liferaft.

As this matter needs urgent attention, please have your life raft serviced before further use. Your approved BFA service station will check the valves and if necessary replace them free of charge. To find out where your nearest station is please:
– For BFA liferafts, contact
– For XM/BFA liferafts, call: 0870 751 4666 or contact

If your liferaft has been serviced since 1st March 2003 by an approved service station then the valves have already been checked and no replacement of the valves is needed, your liferaft is safe.

BFA Marine / XM Yachting apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.