In the last three months of 2014, the Consumer Product Safety Commission and Health Canada maintained their torrid pace of recall announcements. Here is a list of electrical/electronic products that were recalled in the 4th quarter of 2014, per the Consumer Product Safety Commission:
- UL-Listed Keurig MINI Plus Brewing Systems
- AP Specialties Power Bank Chargers
- Olympus Digital Audio Recorders
- Goal Zero Battery Packs
- Daikin Air Purifiers
- Horizon Hobby HobbyZone Super Cub S Radio Controlled Aircraft
- UL-Listed Schneider Electric PowerPact J Frame Circuit Breakers
- Giggles International Animated Monkey Toy
- CSA-Listed Lenovo Computer Power Cords
- Tankless Water Heaters
- Ventamatic Draft Misting Fans
- Tectron International USB Chargers
- Visonic Amber Personal Emergency Response Pendants and Kits
- Meijer Halloween Projector Flashlight
Recalls are expensive. Keurig took a $10M charge in December when 7 million of its UL-listed single-serve brewers were recalled.
Beyond the recall cost, there is the risk of regulatory penalties to watch out for. In 2014, CPSC levied over $12M in civil penalties, a record.
Avoid the steep cost and hassle of recalls. MET Labs is the experienced alternative to UL for product safety certification. The first OSHA Nationally Recognized Testing Laboratory (NRTL), MET has 55 years of product safety testing experience, and a stellar track record of clients that have avoided costly recalls.
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