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October was a busy period for food product issues with eight recalls over the course of the month, as against a long-term average of about 35 per year (although it did hit 56 last year).  The products affected were: Patchwork Pate - fifteen varieties of pâté Milegate Ltd - Mystry Dried Pangash fish Kopparberg - [...]

We blogged a year ago about Takata Airbags - The Mother of all Product Recalls; well the recall just got a whole lot bigger!  The US National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) has now ordered the recall of a further 35-40 million airbags.  Takata has agreed to carry out the recall over the next three [...]

The massive recall of Whirlpool tumble dryers announced last November is still dragging on.  The recall programme, which also affects the Hotpoint, Indesit and Creda brands; has already been criticised for the length of time ( up to 11 months) that some customers are waiting for a repair.  The company can expect renewed pressure to [...]

BCAW 2016 continues, and today's blog concerns a long-running and very important story that has been going on for nearly a year now.  It was announced today that the President of Mitsubishi Motors, Tetsuro Aikawa, will stand down following the revelation last month that the company had been falsifying fuel emission tests for decades.  The [...]

The enormous international recall of Mars products, which began when a boy found a piece of plastic in a Snickers bar in Germany back in January, spread to the UK yesterday.  The problem in Germany was traced to the Mars factory in the Dutch town of Veghel and, as a precautionary measure, the company has [...]

UK Food Recalls Double in 2015

The Food Standard Agency's website lists a total of 56 recalls of food products in the UK last year, up from only 28 in 2014.  As can be seen from the graph below, this sharp increase would appear to be part of a gradual upward trend; and whilst the overall numbers may appear small, each [...]

We have previously reported on a number of automotive industry recalls but, even if all examined together, these are eclipsed by the sheer scale of the crisis that is facing VW now following the confirmation that they have been using defeat software to pass emissions tests.  Whilst the current focus is on VW diesel cars, [...]

The last few weeks have seen an unusually high number of food product recalls in the UK.  Against an average of less than 3 per month over the last 5 years, we have already seen 5 recalls in the first 3 weeks of July according to the Food Standards Agency website.  The recalls include: Fovitor [...]

Takata's latest estimate that the airbags fitted in 34 million cars are defective will lead to the largest ever recall of cars in the US.  The recall affects 11 car makers including Honda, Toyota, Daihatsu and Nissan.  This is the latest twist in a saga that has been going on since at least 2008; indeed [...]

Product Recalls Fall in 2014

Product recalls are a complex and costly type of incident for firms to manage, and recent high-profile cases such as Toyota have created the perception that they are a growing problem.  So it is good to report that, at least in two specific industry sectors, there appears to have been a significant fall in recalls [...]