Rip Curl—“Stealth” personal flotation device (PFD)

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Product description

Type 3 models as follows:
all batch numbers of styles 35332M, 36332M, W8332M, W9332M, W0332M, W9330M, W0330M; and
batches 1166 and 1178 only of style W1332M (note that batches 1200 and 1212 of style W1332M are not subject to recall).

This product is a PFD Type 3 which is designed for use in supervised situations where the wearer risks short term immersion in sheltered waters during daylight hours. It is intended for use in water sports or as clothing for special situations where assistance is immediately at hand.

Rip Curl 'Stealth' Personal Flotation Device

Reasons the product is recalled

These products have been found to fail mandatory performance tests included in AS2260-1996 in that they have a tendency to cause the wearer to tip forward. When used in accordance with the intended use (ie in supervised situations where assistance is immediately at hand the risk is minimal, However, extended exposure in particular if the wearer is or becomes unconscious, could involve a risk of the wearer drowning.

The hazards to consumers

Potential drowning

What consumers should do

Consumers should immediately cease using the products and return them to Rip Curl Pty Ltd addressed as below, for a replacement product. See for further details.

Please contact with any questions, or return products to:

Service Centre, Rip Curl Pty Ltd, 101 Surfcoast Highway, Torquay Vic 3228 ph 03 52610022, fax 03 52614309 email


Rip Curl Pty Ltd

Where the product was sold


Responsible regulator

Australian Competition and Consumer Commission is the responsible regulator for this recall.

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