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  • Two million adults have purposefully ignored a product recall notice

    I was watching a feature on Daybreak this morning which highlighted the need to take heed of manufactures product recalls. Every year, however, thousands upon thousands of these products are recalled or deemed unsafe. Unsafe or faulty products often lead to preventable injuries or deaths.

    The ESC (Electrical Safety Council) reveals that there is a shockingly low response to product recalls, with consumer indifference to danger and reluctance to part with products feeding low recall. Last year the reason for recall of household appliances was the risk of fire or electrocution. If you are a regular reader of my blog I did highlight at the time that Beko had a major recall after some shocking fires following that some 500.000 fridge freezers were recalled.

    I noticed in the paper yesterday that Hoover were also recalling problems with frost free fridge freezers (there seems to be a common issue with these types of appliances) They have highlighted a potential fault developing on the defrost heater element supplied to Hoover. Overheating can occur and in certain circumstances this could result in a fire. Just encase you have any of these

    Appliances the models affected are:

    HNC6185W

    HNC6185A

    HNC6200A

    HNC6185WE

    HNC6200WE

    HNC6185AE

    Millions of products are manufactured and used by consumers each year and we rely upon the manufacturers to make safe products. There are several ways that the manufacturer and government agencies notify consumers about a recall:

    Direct notification: The manufacturer must notify its direct accounts (such as wholesalers or chain stores) about the recall. The notification must do all of the following: Inform the re-seller that the product has been recalled. Request that the re seller stop distributing the product. If appropriate, request that the re-seller notify its customers about the recall.

    Media coverage: If a product recall affects lots of people, or causes severe injury or death, often the media will report on the recall and notifications will be seen either online, in newspapers, or on television.

    There is a very useful tool on the ESC website which allows you to enter the details of any make or model of appliance and it will let you know if any product recalls have been made against it. Worth checking out and just to leave you with some stats – shocking wouldn’t you say!!

    Two million adults have purposefully ignored a product recall notice

    One million admit to currently own an electrical item that has been recalled

    A third won’t return an item if it seems too inconvenient

    A fifth would not go without a luxury product such as a television or hair straighteners

    Tuesday, 12 Mar 2013

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