Life jacket reform

Published On: July 6, 2011Categories: Industry News

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) has removed exclusivity for Underwriters Laboratories (UL) as the only USCG-approved lab to test inflatable life jackets, opening up the possibility for new life jacket innovations and cost-effective options for consumers.

“The rulemaking signals that the USCG is seriously considering approving an inflatable life jacket standard that will remove the bar on inflatable life jackets for youth ages 16 and under,” the National Marine Manufacturers Association reported in a statement. “Such a move, if taken by the USCG, will encourage youth life jacket wear as a result of the innovative design and comfort benefits of inflatable life jackets.”