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Monday, February 25, 2008

GROCO Through Hull Valve Recall

Some through hull valves manufactured by GROCO between 2004 and 2006 may experience premature valve stem corrosion resulting in failure to operate. Owners of GROCO models: IBV, FBV, FV and TWV are encouraged to visit the GROCO website for details.http://www.groco.net/svc-bltn/cat-svc-bltn-2-08.htm

MODELS: IBV, FBV, FV and TWV

GROCO's design for the imported valves series shown above specified a high-grade stainless steel valve stem. We have discovered that the stem material used in some of the valves manufactured between 2004 and 2006 may not have complied with our specifications. Valves with out-of-spec stems may not be suitable for salt-water use. Since the non-compliant silver color stems may fail when the valve is actuated we wish to have all such valves removed from service. GROCO will supply replacement valves at no charge.
WHAT YOU SHOULD DO:
Visually inspect the valve(s) on your boat. If the valve has a stainless steel stem (silver color), the valve should be replaced during the next scheduled haul-out.. Valves with a brass stem (yellow color) require no further action.
FAX GROCO (410) 712-0160 Department 224 with your request for replacement valves. Click here to send an E-mail.
Provide the following information:
  • Your name, address, phone number and email-address
  • Boat manufacturer, model and hull number
  • Valve model(s), size(s) and quantity required
  • Return ship-to details
  • Purchase date and sales receipt copy
WHAT GROCO WILL DO:
  • Provide an RGA number and shipping instructions
  • Send no-charge replacements upon receipt of removed valves
IMPORTANT: To avoid inconvenience, confirm with GROCO Department 224 the immediate availability of the model, size and quantity you need BEFORE removing valves and sending them to GROCO.

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