The Importance of Appliance Recalls

Over 3 million appliances are recalled every year, so it’s essential for every homeowner to be aware and act quickly when a recall is issued. Let’s take a closer look at appliance recalls.

Why do appliances get recalled?

An appliance recall happens for one of two reasons. Either the appliance has a design flaw that prevents it from working correctly or it has a defect that makes it dangerous to use. Once an appliance is recalled, it can no longer be sold, and owners must discontinue use immediately.

What are the different types of recalls?

Six different agencies in the US are responsible for protecting consumers. The largest, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), regulates more than 15 million different products and works with manufacturers when there is a recall. There are two different kinds of recalls. Let’s take a closer look at both.

  • Voluntary: Voluntary recalls are issued willingly by the manufacturer while they work with agencies to get the word across to customers.
  • Compulsory: Compulsory recalls are when the government orders a company to take a product off the market due to safety concerns. These are very rare for appliances. In fact, there hasn’t been a compulsory appliance recall since 2001.

How can I be aware of appliance recalls?

When you purchase a new appliance, be sure to fill out the registration card and mail it right away. The manufacturer will use your contact information to contact you if there are any recalls on your appliance. You can also check company websites for recalls or visit the Consumer Reports website which keeps a comprehensive list of current recalls.

What should I do if I own a recalled appliance?

If you own an appliance that has been recalled, don’t panic. Unplug the power source and discontinue use immediately. Contact the manufacturer and they will guide you through the process of repairing or replacing your appliance. You’ll soon have a properly working appliance again.