U.S. Coast Guard drops life jacket type code labels

Published On: January 1, 2015Categories: Industry News

In October 2014, the U.S. Coast Guard dropped its life jacket type code scheme—Type I, II, III, IV and V—that has been used for years to label and differentiate the types of life jackets and their specific use. The move is expected to lead to more comfortable and innovative life jacket designs and lower costs, as well as align American designs and standards with those of other countries. A full list of the current life jacket types and descriptions can be found at BoatUS.org/life-jackets, and any update on new life jacket types and styles will be posted on the website when available.