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Marker Recalls Kingpin Ski Bindings Due to Fall Hazard

Recall Date: October 9, 2018

Recall Number: 19-006

Name of Product: Kingpin 10 and Kingpin 13 alpine touring ski bindings

Hazard: The steel pins in the toe unit can break and reduce the release force of the binding, causing a fall hazard.

Remedy: Replace: Consumers should immediately stop using these bindings and return them to a Marker authorized retailer to obtain a free replacement toe unit. Consumers should bring their boots to be sure their bindings are adjusted correctly.

Consumer Contact: Marker USA at 800-453-3862 from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. ET, email at kingpin.exchange@mdv-usa.com or online at https://www.marker.net/en-us/ and click on More Info in the recall section for more information.

Pictures available here: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2019/Marker-Recalls-Kingpin-Ski-Bindings-Due-to-Fall-Hazard

Recall Details

Units: About 4,100 (in addition, about 2,200 were sold in Canada)

Description: This recall involve s 2017-2018 Kingpin models 10 and 13 ski binding, with a black body and gold or copper accent coloring. The bindings are used with alpine touring ski boots with metal pintech inserts in the toe of each boot. The recalled toe units have heel units with serial numbers on the back in the following ranges: Kingpin 10 (337804 – 418632) and Kingpin 13 (337798 – 411728).

Model Number    Product Name    Accent Color

7733R1MA    KINGPIN 10; 75 – 100 mm    gold

7733R1MB    KINGPIN 10; 100 – 125 mm    gold

7933R1MA    KINGPIN 13; 75 – 100 mm    gold

7734R1MA    KINGPIN 10 Demo; 75 – 100 mm    gold

7934R1MB    KINGPIN 13 Demo; 100 – 125 mm    gold

7933R1MB    KINGPIN 13; 100 – 125 mm    gold

7733S1MA    KINGPIN 10; 75 – 100 mm    copper

7733S1MB    KINGPIN 10; 100 – 125 mm    copper

7933S1MA    KINGPIN 13; 75 – 100 mm    copper

7933S1MB    KINGPIN 13; 100 – 125 mm    copper

7734S1MA    KINGPIN 10 Demo; 75 – 100 mm    copper

7934S1MB    KINGPIN 13 Demo; 100 – 125 mm    copper

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Sold At: Specialty ski and backcountry equipment stores nationwide and online at evo.com, backcountry.com, and theskimonster.com from March 2017 through April 2018 for between $500 and $650.

Manufacturer(s): Marker CZ, of Czech Republic

Importer(s): Marker USA, of Lebanon, N.H.

Manufactured
In: Czech Republic

Retailers: If you are a retailer of a recalled product you have a duty to notify your customers of a recall. If you can, email your clients or include the recall information in your next marketing communication to your clients. Post any Recall Poster at your stores and contact the manufacturer to determine how you will handle any recalls.

For more information on this see:

For Retailers

Recalls Call for Retailer Action

A recall leads to lawsuits because injuries are connected to the product being recalled thus a lawsuit. Plaintiff’s hope the three can be connected

Combination of a Products Liability statute, an Expert Witness Report that was just not direct enough and odd facts holds a retailer liable as manufacture for product defect.

Product Liability takes a different turn. You must pay attention, just not rely on the CPSC.

Retailer has no duty to fit or instruct on fitting bicycle helmet

Summary Judgment granted for bicycle manufacturer and retailer on a breach of warranty and product liability claim.

For Manufacturers

The legal relationship created between manufactures and US consumers

A recall leads to lawsuits because injuries are connected to the product being recalled thus a lawsuit. Plaintiff’s hope the three can be connected

Combination of a Products Liability statute, an Expert Witness Report that was just not direct enough and odd facts holds a retailer liable as manufacture for product defect.

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Marker is recalling Kingpin Models 10 and 13

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MARKER RECALLS CERTAIN 2017/18 KINGPIN MODELS 10 AND 13

German ski binding specialist Marker recalls certain 2017/18 Kingpin models 10 and 13 / Possible breakage of steel pins in the toe pieces may lead to lower release forces of the binding and a resulting fall hazard / Toes of affected bindings will be replaced at no cost to Marker customers

Lebanon, NH July 26, 2018 – Based on the results of extensive testing and quality procedures for the possible breakage of steel pins in the toe pieces of a limited number of Marker Kingpin bindings, Marker has decided to conduct a voluntary recall of the affected products. The potential safety issue is related only to 2017/18 models of the Kingpin 10 and 13 pin tech binding. All other populations are not affected by this recall.

Under rare circumstances, the breakage of the steel pins of the 2017/18 models may lead to lower release forces of the binding causing a potential fall hazard.

The toes of the affected bindings will be replaced at no cost to the customer. Customers should contact their local Marker Authorized Retailer, or contact their national Marker distributor (https://www.marker.net/en-us/contact/) for a list of retailers. Additional information is at https://www.marker.net/en-us/support/recall/ to assist customers in determining whether their product is being recalled. Retailers have been requested to stop sales of recalled bindings. New bindings have a modified logo treatment on the toe pieces to distinguish them from recalled bindings.

“Highest quality and best-in-class technical standards are two of our company’s distinguishing features. Moreover, we are aware of our responsibility as a manufacturer when it comes to safety, especially with regard to ski touring in the backcountry,” says Jonathan Wiant, President of MDV brands. “This is why after extensive and serious testing and evaluation we decided to recall the whole population of the 2017/18 model, even if the problem affects very few bindings. With the counter measures we have taken, the Kingpin remains an excellent, highly reliable product for ambitious and demanding skiers.”

Marker tirelessly pursues the aim of fulfilling the highest quality standards. The company continuously upgrades its product line, including the Kingpin, based upon customer feedback and continuous internal testing.

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Trek Recalls Bontrager Line Pro Bicycle Pedals Due to Fall Hazard

Name of Product: Bontrager Line Pro flat bicycle pedals

Hazard: The spindle of one or both of the pedals can break, posing a fall hazard.

Remedy: Repair Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled bicycle pedals and take them to a Trek retailer for a free repair.

Recall Date: July 26, 2018

Recall Number: 18-193

Consumer Contact: Trek at 800-373-4594 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. CT Monday through Friday, or online at http://www.trekbikes.com and click on Safety & Recalls at the bottom of the page for more information.

Pictures available here: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/Trek-Recalls-Bontrager-Line-Pro-Bicycle-Pedals-Due-to-Fall-Hazard

Recall Details

Units: About 9,630 pairs (in addition, 600 pairs were sold in Canada)

Description: This recall involves all Bontrager Line Pro flat bicycle pedals. These aluminum pedals come in orange and black. “Line Pro” and “Bontrager” are printed on the body of the pedal.

Incidents/Injuries: The firm has received five reports of broken spindles in the bicycle pedals. No injuries have been reported.

Sold At: Independent bicycle stores nationwide and online at http://www.trekbikes.com and other online retailers from April 2016 through June 2018 for about $100 for the pedals.

Importer(s): Trek Bicycle Corporation, of Waterloo, Wis.

Distributor(s): Trek Bicycle Corporation, of Waterloo, Wis.

Manufactured In: Taiwan

Retailers: If you are a retailer of a recalled product you have a duty to notify your customers of a recall. If you can, email your clients or include the recall information in your next marketing communication to your clients. Post any Recall Poster at your stores and contact the manufacturer to determine how you will handle any recalls.

For Retailers

Recalls Call for Retailer Action

A recall leads to lawsuits because injuries are connected to the product being recalled thus a lawsuit. Plaintiff’s hope the three can be connected

Combination of a Products Liability statute, an Expert Witness Report that was just not direct enough and odd facts holds a retailer liable as manufacture for product defect.

Product Liability takes a different turn. You must pay attention, just not rely on the CPSC.

Retailer has no duty to fit or instruct on fitting bicycle helmet

Summary Judgment granted for bicycle manufacturer and retailer on a breach of warranty and product liability claim.

For Manufacturers

The legal relationship created between manufactures and US consumers

A recall leads to lawsuits because injuries are connected to the product being recalled thus a lawsuit. Plaintiff’s hope the three can be connected

Combination of a Products Liability statute, an Expert Witness Report that was just not direct enough and odd facts holds a retailer liable as manufacture for product defect.

What do you think? Leave a comment.

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ORTOVOX Recalls Avalanche Transceivers Due to Loss of Emergency Communications Capability

Hazard: The transceiver can fail to work properly due to a software error and fail to transmit the position of survivors of an avalanche, resulting in delayed search and rescue operations.

Remedy: Repair

Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled transceivers and return them to Ortovox for a free repair, including free shipping.

Consumer Contact: ORTOVOX toll-free at 877-384-9252 from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Thursday, email at ortovox.warranty@deuterusa.com or online at http://www.ortovox.com and click on RECALL 3+ for more information.

Units: About 20,000 (In addition, about 7,000 were sold in Canada)

Description: This recall involves Ortovox avalanche transceivers, model numbers 1137000006, 1137000001 and 1137000002. They were sold in black/blue (model number 1137000006), black/black (model number 1137000001) and neon green (model number 1137000002). The transceiver is used as a beacon to locate an individual in the event of avalanche burial. ORTOVOX and 3+ are printed on the top of the device. In the open/receive position, the top half of the transceiver displays a blue screen with green border that displays an image and distance reading of the buried individual. The transceivers measure about 5 inches long by 3 inches wide by 1 inch thick in the closed/transmit position. All transceivers manufactured from 2010 through 2018 are included in the recall. The manufacture date is printed inside the battery door on the back of the transceiver with a roman numeral representing the quarter of the year and a two-digit number referring to the year. For example, a manufacture date of IV/17 represents the fourth quarter. The year of manufacture is five years earlier. In this case, the transceiver was manufactured in the fourth quarter of 2012.

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Sold at: Outdoor specialty stores, ski shops nationwide and direct to avalanche professionals, search and rescue personnel and mountain guides from July 2010 through April 2018 for about $350.

Importer: Deuter USA, of Longmont, Colo.

Distributor: Ortovox, of Germany

Manufacturer: ORTOVOX Sportartikel GmbH, of Germany

Manufactured in: Germany

Retailers: If you are a retailer of a recalled product you have a duty to notify your customers of a recall. If you can, email your clients or include the recall information in your next marketing communication to your clients. Post any Recall Poster at your stores and contact the manufacturer to determine how you will handle any recalls.

For more information on this see:

For Retailers

Recalls Call for Retailer Action

A recall leads to lawsuits because injuries are connected to the product being recalled thus a lawsuit. Plaintiff’s hope the three can be connected

Combination of a Products Liability statute, an Expert Witness Report that was just not direct enough and odd facts holds a retailer liable as manufacture for product defect.

Product Liability takes a different turn. You must pay attention, just not rely on the CPSC.

Retailer has no duty to fit or instruct on fitting bicycle helmet

Summary Judgment granted for bicycle manufacturer and retailer on a breach of warranty and product liability claim.

For Manufacturers

The legal relationship created between manufactures and US consumers

A recall leads to lawsuits because injuries are connected to the product being recalled thus a lawsuit. Plaintiff’s hope the three can be connected

Combination of a Products Liability statute, an Expert Witness Report that was just not direct enough and odd facts holds a retailer liable as manufacture for product defect.

What do you think? Leave a comment.

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Consumer Product Safety Commission and Recalls: A Primer

1.    Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) only has jurisdiction over consumer products.

To define “consumer products” under the CPSC you start with everything and then subtract from everything the following.

  • Food
  • Drugs
  • Cosmetics
  • Medical devices
  • Tobacco products
  • Firearms and ammunition
  • Motor vehicles
  • Pesticides
  • Aircraft
  • Boats
  • Fixed site amusement rides

The classification is also identified as anything that is:

  1. For sale to a consumer for use in or around a permanent or temporary household or residence, a school, in recreation, or otherwise;
  2. For the personal use, consumption or enjoyment of a consumer in or around a permanent or temporary household or residence, a school, in recreation, or otherwise (15 U.S.C. § 2052).

The term in recreation then is an outdoor recreation, adventure travel and a cycling catch all. All outdoor products are considered consumer products and subject to the CPSC.

Bicycles are a special classification of the CPSC over which the CPSC has broad powers and greater authority and control.

2.    Who Must Report if you are in the OR Industry?

Manufacturers, importers, distributors and retailers are all equally liable under the CPSA (Consumer Product Safety Act) and are all equally responsible to report defective products (15 U.S.C. § 2064(b)). The person who brings the product into the US if it is not manufactured in the US is responsible along with all other people in the chain of distribution.

A “distributor” is defined as “a person to whom a consumer product is delivered or sold for purposes of distribution in commerce, except that such term does not include a manufacturer or retailer of such a product (15 U.S.C. § 2052(a)(7)). Consequently, the definition of a distributor is very broad and covers any entity from the docks to the retailer.

A “retailer” is defined as “a person to whom a consumer product is delivered or sold for purposes of sale or distribution by such person to a consumer (15 U.S.C. § 2052(a)(7), 15 U.S.C. § 2052(a)(13)).

Consequently, everyone who touches a product once it is manufactured in the US or arrives in the US, other than someone doing so for transportation purposes only, is liable for a recall of the product. That liability extends to failing to report a defective product.

3.    A reporting requirement is triggered when:

There is a duty to report a defective product by anyone in the chain of distribution when:

  1. a product fails to comply with a consumer product safety rule or a voluntary consumer product safety standard upon which the CPSC has relied, such as the voluntary standards.
  2. A product fails to comply with the CPSA or another Act, such as the Flammable Fabrics Act.
  3. A product contains a defect that could create a substantial product hazard.
  4. A product creates an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death (15 U.S.C. § 1193-1204, 15 U.S.C. § 2064(b)).

This creates a massive unknown black hole for the outdoor industry. The OR industry creates dozens of products may have a warranty issue, but do not violate any statute and do not create a substantial hazard or create a risk of injury or death to the user.

Examples of these are Avalanche Probes or Avalanche Beacons, and other rescue equipment. No matter what goes wrong with a probe or beacon, it will not cause injury or death to the consumer. The defective probe will not kill or injury anyone unless the searcher just stabs someone. Consequently, this creates a real issue for many.

However, the law says injury to the consumer. If there is no injury, the product may not work, but it is not the cause of the injury and thus not subject to a recall.

The CPSC takes a different view.

Your question has been forwarded to me for a response. We may find a product to be defective if it does not function as intended, and the problem can lead to a hazard. The hazard does not necessarily need to stem from direct contact with the product itself. If its failure to operate as expected can expose anyone to a hazard, then we may potentially find that product to be defective and creating a risk of injury. To use your Avalanche Beacon example, since its purpose is a life safety device intended to assist in the location of someone buried in an avalanche, if it does not function as designed, it could be determined to contain a defect which creates a risk of injury. Such an analysis is contingent on the facts of each particular case.

Blake G. Rose

Director

Defect Investigations Division

Office of Compliance and Field Operations U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission

I think this can require a lot of interpretations and leaves a real gap for because the explicit language of the law is different. The above statement is the CPSC interpretation of that language. You will need to look at what the problem is and will it lead to injury to a non-user. In many cases, it won’t, it is a warranty issue.

This issue is: How much are you will to risk and push the issue? If not, then recall your product no matter what the issue.

4.    Voluntary Standards

If a product fails to meet standards that are voluntary such as those created by the ASTM, ANSI or such other agency or trade association, then the CPSC has interpreted their regulations to say that product is defective and must be recalled.

At the same time, a product can meet the voluntary standard such as those of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) (16 C.F.R. § 1115.12(g)) and still need to be recalled because it is defective in a way that is not covered by the voluntary standard.

5.    When do you have to report?

You must report any product that has a “a fault, flaw, or irregularity that causes weakness, failure, or inadequacy in form or function.” (16 C.F.R. § 1115.4) If the product has a defect, then the issue is whether the defect creates a substantial product hazard.

A “substantial product hazard” is:

  1. A failure to comply with an applicable consumer product safety rule, which failure creates a substantial risk of injury to the public,
  2. A product defect which (because of the pattern of defect, the number of defective products distributed in commerce, the severity of the risk, or otherwise) creates a substantial risk of injury to the public (16 C.F.R. § 1115.2(a)).

A “substantial product hazard” exists when a defect creates a “substantial risk of injury.” The focus is on the risk of injury, not on actual injury reports or the severity of injuries (16 C.F.R. § 1115.12(g). Although in my experience, the severity and actual injuries having already occurred ends any discussion by the CPSC.

6.    Unreasonable Risk of Serious Injury or Death

“Serious injuries” are defined by the CPSC as “injuries necessitating hospitalization, which require actual medical or surgical treatment, fractures, lacerations requiring sutures, concussions, injuries to the eye, ear, or internal organs requiring medical treatment, and injuries necessitating absence from school or work of more than one day.’ (16 C. F. R. § 1115.6)

The requirements are not cumulative. Meaning a consumer can suffer serious injury if they receive sutures but don’t go to the hospital or miss work. The threshold has been met by just one issue.

The factors that are used to decide whether a risk of serious injury is “unreasonable” are the utility of the product, the level of exposure to consumers, the nature and severity of the hazard, whether the product is state of the art, the availability of alternative designs, and the feasibility of eliminating the risk without compromising utility (16 C. F. R. § 1115.6(b)).

I also think this clause affects the definition of defect. There is no unreasonable risk of series injury or death to any victim.

7.    Burden is on the Chain of Distribution to watch.

Regardless of which category the report will come under, you must pay attention to product testing results as well as watch for warranty claims, consumer complaints, product liability lawsuits and other quality related complaints for any indication that reportable defects or reportable injuries exist.

8.    When to Report

If a product contains a defect that has the actual or potential risk to cause injury, the CPSC will initiate a recall, generally with the manufacturer’s cooperation and input. However, the CPSC can imitate a recall even if the manufacturer opposes the recall.

9.    Corrective Action Plan (CAP)

A CAP is a document that describes the remedial action that the company is voluntarily undertaking with the CPSC’s approval to protect the public from an allegedly defective product (16 C.F.R. 1115.20(a)). (The threat of a fine does not remove the concept of voluntary from the CPSC nomenclature.)

The CPSC can initiate an enforcement action if it cannot reach agreement with the company on the corrective action plan, or if it becomes aware of additional facts that were not disclosed by the company.

10.    Components of the Corrective Action Plan

The CPSC can create the CAP it believes is necessary to solve the problem. Consequently, no CAP is the same as a prior one, in theory.

The corrective action plan may include:

  1. A description of the alleged hazard, including the alleged defect and any associated potential injuries
  2. Details pertaining to the vehicle and method of public notification such as a
    1. Letter
    2. Press Release
    3. Advertising
  3. Who a notice will be sent to
  4. The model number and description of the product
  5. Instructions for safe handling or use of the product pending the corrective action
  6. An explanation of the cause of the hazard if known
  7. The corrective action being taken to eliminate the hazard such as
    1. Repair
    2. Replacement
    3. Refund
  8. Whether the products are to be returned a plan for their disposition
  9. Steps taken to prevent reoccurrence of the hazard in the future
  10. Action taken to correct products in the distribution chain.
  11. In addition to this information, a corrective action plan
  12. Must be signed by company representatives
  13. Must acknowledge and agree that the CPSC has the power to monitor the action
  14. That the CPSC publicize the terms of the corrective action plan
  15. May contain a statement that the submission of the corrective action plan does not constitute an admission by the company that either reportable information or a substantial product hazard exists.

Some factors that are considered when the CPSC is determining whether to accept the corrective action plan are.

  • The promptness of the company’s reporting
  • Any remedial actions taken
  • And the likelihood that the company will fully comply with the plan based upon any prior corrective actions.

Consequently, maintaining a good relationship with the CPSC pays off. This is not an agency that aggressiveness works in achieving your goals. Employees of the CPSC regularly deal with the largest companies in the world, and threats are a joke.

In that same vein, I work hard to maintain my reputation with the CPSC and want to conform to the three steps identified above.

The CPSC can approve the plan, reject the plan and issue a complaint against the company which begins an administrative or judicial action, or take other action to ensure the plan is adequate, such as suggesting revisions to the plan (16 C.F.R. 1115.20(a)(2)).

11.    Recall Notice

The CPSC views a direct recall notice, or one that is sent directly to specifically identified consumers, as the most effective form of a recall notice. In any recall, at least two of the following forms of notice must be used:

  1. Letters, web site postings, e-mail, text message
  2. Computer, radio or television transmission
  3. Video news release, press release, recall alert or web stream.
  4. Newspaper, magazine, catalog or other publication
  5. Advertisement, newsletter or service bulletin (16 C.F.R. 1115.26).

In most cases, the CPSC will require a combination of notices and requires the manufacturer to monitor and report the effectiveness of the notices.

If a recall notice is posted on a web site, a link to the relevant information must be placed prominently on the home page (16 C.F.R. 1115.26). Because this is the first thing, most consumers will respond to in the eyes of the CPSC, the larger the notice and more prominent the notice the better.

The notice on the home page, and link to information on how to respond to the recall must be left on the page until the CPSC has released the manufacturer from the recall.

12.    Penalties

Penalties that can be levied by the CPSC increased in 2008. A fine of up to $100,000 for a single violation of the CPSA, and up to a maximum of $15 million for a series of violations can be levied by the CPSC (15 U.S.C. § 2069).

This increased in the amount and ability to fine, has changed the approach of many companies in dealing with the CPSC. Before the fine increase, the fines were nominal and a lot of companies would ignore the CPSC and hope they would not be discovered. Now, the fines are so substantial that you ignore the CPSC at your own peril.

13.    Failure to report

A failure to report a defective product or having the report created from the anonymous webpage or 800 number is the easiest way to incur the wrath of the CPSC. A failure to timely respond to the CPSC, and the completeness of the response increases the severity of any penalty for failure to report. The CPSC will also look at:

  • Whether a company had a reasonable safety and compliance program, in effect, at the time of the violation, including a system of collecting and analyzing information relating to safety issues such as incident reports and warranty claims;
  • Whether a company has a history of noncompliance with the CPSC that is deserving of a higher penalty for repeated noncompliance.
  • Whether a company has benefited economically from a delay in complying with the requirements;
  • Whether a company has failed to respond to the CPSC in a timely and complete fashion in response to requests for information or for remedial action (16C.F.R.1l19).

CPSC also examines the severity of the risk of injury, the occurrence or absence of injury, and the number of defective products or the amount of substance distributed.

The CPSC must also consider the nature, circumstances, extent and gravity of the violation, including the nature of the product defect or the substance; the appropriateness of the penalty in relation to the size of the business or of the person charged, including how to mitigate undue adverse economic impacts on small businesses; and other factors as appropriate.

14.    Preparing for a Recall

The best way to prepare for a recall is to read. If at any time you believe you may need to recall a product you should do two things.

  1. Assign someone to be the sole person responsible for dealing with the CPSC and with the recall. This person is going to spend 90% of their time the first two to three weeks dealing with the recall. After the CPSC approves the CAP then the responsible person only needs to track the responses to the recall and report every month.
  2. Read the following:
    1. http://www.cpsc.gov/recallguidance.
    2. If you believe you can benefit from the Fast Track Program: http://www.cpsc.gov/fasttrack
    3. Download and read the CPSC Recall Handbook:
      1. In English: https://www.cpsc.gov/s3fs-public/8002.pdf
      2. In Spanish: https://www.cpsc.gov/s3fs-public/8002.pdf
  3. If you understand and are prepared the CPSC recall is not the nightmare that it has been labeled. It is not an easy and smooth process either. It will also cost the company thousands of dollars in time, fees and expenses apart from the cost of the actual recall.
  4. And you are working with Federal Bureaucrats. A couple of hints:
    1. Make sure you understand their terminology.
    2. Get clear deadlines and dates
    3. Follow up with every report or response you file to make sure it was.
      1. Received
      2. Correct or met the requirements/needs of the CPSC.
    4. Do not be afraid to ask for clarification, help or knowledge until you fully understand what the issue is.
    5. Do not be afraid to point out issues that are not clear, confusing, or you don’t understand or agree with.
    6. Ask your compliance officer after the CAP has been filed and approved what the CPSC expected goal is in response to your recall. That will determine when you can end the recall.

Once I was asking when we no longer had to file monthly reports. The contact I was working with at the CPSC, pulled up the reports and said, wow, you are done. After the reports start rolling in on time and correct, they can get lost in the system or ignored. You will have to stay on top of the reports and the CPSC to make sure they help you succeed and get off the program.

If you don’t ask you will be filing reports for years.

There is no way to plan for a recall. It is much better to plan to make sure you don’t have a recall. Quality control is the most important department in making sure a recall does not happen. If it does, you can quickly get up to speed. Working with your attorney and PR agency (yes, the CPSC wants you to have a PR firm or person) you can get through the first couple of weeks and then concentrate on running the business.

15. Starting a recall can take a month before the CPSC responds, what do I do.

If you want to get the word out because there is a real issue and people’s lives or well-being is at stake, the CPSC recall process is slow. After filing the initial notice, the CPSC will get back to you with questions and requirements for a plan in a couple of days. You will have twenty days to respond. The CPSC can take another week or two to finalize the recall information, notices and press releases.

That can be too long in our industry.

Nothing in the regulations says you cannot notify people of the recall on your own. The CPSC will tell you that you may have to do it again, if they do not like the way, you did it, the press release or notices you used, etc. You will do it again because the CPSC will want it done again. However, that is a small price to pay if you save one of your user’s life or limb.

Get the world to your retailers, distribution change, major media outlets and social media immediately. Whatever users you have contact information for contact them immediately. Do the same for user groups, associations and any professionals using your equipment.

Include what you do in any communication with the CPSC. You can upload these documents when you file the report, or as you send them out. The CPSC is going to respond that you did it wrong. However, I have to believe that if they understand your issues, the risk, and your efforts, they must believe and appreciate what you did, in an attempt to save lives.

The CPSC is a federal regulatory body, and no matter the urgency is going to respond, their way and only their way. You must follow their rules. However, nothing prevents you from jumping the gun and notifying people any way you can to save people.

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Group Rossignol Recalls LOOK Pivot Ski Bindings Due to Fall Hazard

The heel piece on the ski binding can come loose, posing a fall hazard to the skier.

Name of Product: LOOK Pivot Ski Bindings

Recall Date: April 16, 2018

Recall Number: 18-139

Remedy: Replace. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled ski bindings and contact LOOK to arrange for a free inspection and replacement.

Consumer Contact: LOOK toll-free at 888-243-6722 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. MT Monday through Friday, email at plefler@rossignol.com or online at https://m.rossignol.com/US and click on “Look Bindings Safety Recall” or http://www.look-bindings.com and click on “Recall” for more information.

Pictures available here: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/Group-Rossignol-Recalls-LOOK-Pivot-Ski-Bindings-Due-to-Fall-Hazard

Units: About 6,900 (In addition, 590 were sold in Canada)

Description: This recall involves 2017-2018 model year LOOK Pivot brand ski bindings. The heel piece can loosen and allow the boot to detach from the ski. The LOOK Pivot ski bindings were sold in black, white and yellow. LOOK is written on the front of the binding and Pivot is written on the side of the heel piece. Only date codes of H7, I7 or J7, without the letter ‘V” stamped on the black plastic piece behind the turntable heel unit are included in the recall. Date codes can be found on the bottom of the heel piece and can be viewed by rotating the turntable heel unit 90 degrees.

Model Number    Model Name

FCFA002    0000TU    PIVOT 18 B115 WHITE ICON

FCFA003    0000TU    PIVOT 18 B95 WHITE ICON

FCFA004    0000TU    PIVOT 18 B75 WHITE ICON

FCFA006    0000TU    PIVOT 14 DUAL WTR B115 W. ICON

FCFA008    0000TU    PIVOT 14 DUAL WTR B75 W. ICON

FCFA013    0000TU    PIVOT 14 DUAL WTR B115 BLACK

FCFA014    0000TU    PIVOT 14 DUAL WTR B95 BLACK

FCFA016    0000TU    PIVOT 12 DUAL WTR B95 Y/BK

FCFA017    0000TU    PIVOT 12 DUAL WTR B115 BLACK

FCFA018    0000TU    PIVOT 12 DUAL WTR B95 BLACK

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Sold At: Specialty ski stores including Christy Sports, REI, Retail Concepts and Vail Resorts nationwide and online at Backcountry.com and Evo.com from September 2017 through November 2017 for between $375 to $475.

Manufacturer(s): Look Fixations S.A.S., of France

Importer(s): Group Rossignol USA Inc., of Park City, Utah

Distributor(s): Group Rossignol USA Inc., of Park City, Utah

Manufactured In: France

Retailers: If you are a retailer of a recalled product you have a duty to notify your customers of a recall. If you can, email your clients or include the recall information in your next marketing communication to your clients. Post any Recall Poster at your stores and contact the manufacturer to determine how you will handle any recalls.

For more information on this see:

For Retailers

Recalls Call for Retailer Action

A recall leads to lawsuits because injuries are connected to the product being recalled thus a lawsuit. Plaintiff’s hope the three can be connected

Combination of a Products Liability statute, an Expert Witness Report that was just not direct enough and odd facts holds a retailer liable as manufacture for product defect.

Product Liability takes a different turn. You must pay attention, just not rely on the CPSC.

Retailer has no duty to fit or instruct on fitting bicycle helmet

Summary Judgment granted for bicycle manufacturer and retailer on a breach of warranty and product liability claim.

For Manufacturers

The legal relationship created between manufactures and US consumers

A recall leads to lawsuits because injuries are connected to the product being recalled thus a lawsuit. Plaintiff’s hope the three can be connected

Combination of a Products Liability statute, an Expert Witness Report that was just not direct enough and odd facts holds a retailer liable as manufacture for product defect.

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Louis Garneau Recalls Bicycle Helmets Due to Risk of Head Injury

Hazard: The bicycle helmets do not comply with the impact requirements of the federal safety standard for bicycle helmets, posing a risk of head injury.

Remedy: Replace. Consumers should immediately stop using the recalled helmets and contact Louis Garneau for instructions on how to receive a free replacement helmet.

Consumer Contact: Louis Garneau at 800-448-1984 from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. ET Monday through Friday or online at http://www.garneau.com/us/en/ and click on “Recall Notice” at the bottom of the page for more information.

Photos available at: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/Louis-Garneau-Recalls-Bicycle-Helmets-Due-to-Risk-of-Head-Injury

Units: About 650 in the U.S. (In addition, about 550 were sold in Canada.)

Description: This recall involves Louis Garneau Course Helmets with model number LG1261 printed on the inside of the helmet. “Garneau,” “Course” and “LG” are printed on both sides of the recalled bicycle helmets. They were sold in matte black and matte fluo yellow. The manufacturer’s date and serial number are printed on a sticker inside the helmet.

Only lot and serial numbers listed below are included in the recall.

Helmet Lot/ Manufacturer’s Date/ Serial Number Range available here: https://www.cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/Louis-Garneau-Recalls-Bicycle-Helmets-Due-to-Risk-of-Head-Injury

Incidents/Injuries: None reported

Sold At: Authorized bicycle dealers nationwide from December 2015 through January 2018 for between $180 and $240.

Importer: Louis Garneau USA Inc., of Derby, Vt.

Manufacturer: Strategic Sports Limited, of China

Manufactured in: China

Retailers: If you are a retailer of a recalled product you have a duty to notify your customers of a recall. If you can, email your clients or include the recall information in your next marketing communication to your clients. Post any Recall Poster at your stores and contact the manufacturer to determine how you will handle any recalls.

For more information on this see:

For Retailers

Recalls Call for Retailer Action

A recall leads to lawsuits because injuries are connected to the product being recalled thus a lawsuit. Plaintiff’s hope the three can be connected

Combination of a Products Liability statute, an Expert Witness Report that was just not direct enough and odd facts holds a retailer liable as manufacture for product defect.

Product Liability takes a different turn. You must pay attention, just not rely on the CPSC.

Retailer has no duty to fit or instruct on fitting bicycle helmet

Summary Judgment granted for bicycle manufacturer and retailer on a breach of warranty and product liability claim.

For Manufacturers

The legal relationship created between manufactures and US consumers

A recall leads to lawsuits because injuries are connected to the product being recalled thus a lawsuit. Plaintiff’s hope the three can be connected

Combination of a Products Liability statute, an Expert Witness Report that was just not direct enough and odd facts holds a retailer liable as manufacture for product defect.

What do you think? Leave a comment.

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