Recall: GME beacons

Fault in microprocessor could stop beacon from working.

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The problem

Standard Communications Pty Ltd says testing has shown a fault in the microprocessor of some GME emergency position indicating radio beacons (EPIRBs). The fault shuts the beacon down and could make it not work in an emergency situation.


In consultation with national maritime authorities, Standard Communications is recalling some EPIRBSs manufactured between January 2005 and February 2008.

The affected units are MT400, MT401 and MT403 with serial numbers between 50101000 and 80250722.

What to do

  • Check the model number and serial number of your GME EPIRB. The serial number is on the left side of the beacon at the base of the identity panel.

  • If your unit is one of the affected ones, contact GME at or you local distributor to arrange a replacement at no extra charge.

  • Standard Communications wants owners of an EPIRBS, regardless of whether it's in the recall, to regularly test the unit and replace batteries.


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