All EU member states moved their clocks back on Sunday 28 October, to prevent seasonal changes across neighbouring countries. The US will follow on the first Sunday in November.
This action dates back more 200 years, however, it wasn’t until the First World War that it became the norm.
It was prompted by coal shortages in Europe, which meant countries had to take up daylight saving in 1916 to preserve energy. Many countries dropped it in 1918 but reinstated it during the energy crises of the 1970s.
What does this have to do with recall? Well, as the evenings become dark, people across Europe will make purchases including torches, lamps and outdoor lighting to avoid accidents around their homes.
With this surge in demand for these products, comes the likelihood of faulty or damaged goods trying to enter the market. Each week, Safety Gate publishes reports on goods and products which have been deemed unsafe for use and have been subsequently recalled from the market.
In its recent report (Report 43) published on 25 October 2019, the rapid alert system cited five separate recalls in the electrical goods categories – all of which were lighting equipment. The products in question all originated from China and posed a serious risk to consumers including burns, electric shock and fire. The products included portable LED lamps and LED floodlights.
Three of these consignments are to be recalled from the end-users and withdrawn from market, one is banned from being marketed and one has been destroyed by the notifying country.
Hungary, Croatia and the United Kingdom submitted the alerts and we can expect more of these in the coming weeks and months as Europe plunges into darkness during the winter months.
Fortunately, we have a rapid alert system in place in the EU and are protected in most cases from products like these entering homes. However, nothing is perfect and retailers must ensure that their supply chain is up to standard.
That said, consumers and retailers really do have to remain vigilant and check their own product for a BSI Kitemark, which provides assurance that it is a good product from a good company.
The Association of Manufacturers of Domestic Appliances (AMDEA) is the UK trade association that represents over 85% of all domestic appliances sold in the UK. The body encourages consumers to register their appliance online, allowing them to be the first to know of any product safety repairs or recalls.
Enforced recall is not a position any organisation wants to be in. Sedgwick can help manufacturers and retailers move swiftly to prevent such measures being taken — crucial to helping prevent damage to the brand itself, not to mention their customer base.