Posted by Salvatore J. Zambri, founding partner
According to a recent story in Trading Markets.com, “Appliance Recall Check is a new service that helps consumers identify recalled appliances in their homes. Most of the 195 million recalled appliances in American homes are not identified until there is a fire or other tragedy. Many other appliances with functionality recalls are replaced at the consumer’s expense even though a manufacturer is responsible.
The first time a homeowner may be aware of an appliance recall is when a fire marshal tells them about the recall after a house fire. The story is not the 1.7 million dishwashers in the recent Maytag recall, but the more than 195 million other recalled appliances now in American homes.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission (http://www.cpsc.gov) website home page assures consumers that “You can find information on over 4,500 product recalls and recall alerts using the various searches on this page”. That is true. The problem with the manufacturer and CPSC sites is that a consumer must wade through each of the individual recalls to find out if their dishwasher or other appliance is a potential hazard. This type of search is like searching the list of phone numbers in a phone book to find a specific name instead of looking up the name of the person.
There is a solution that allows consumers to search for recalls on each of their household appliances including heating, cooling, hot water, laundry and built in kitchen appliances in one, easy location. Think of this database as your “phone book” for recalls.
www.ApplianceRecallCheck.com allows for entering the brand, model and serial number of all of the household appliances in a residential home. Within two business days, the service will return a report containing information about recalls. If there is a defect, the report will include:
Appliance Recall Check is a service providing database search of existing Consumer Product Safety Commission appliance recalls based upon model and serial numbers. This service allows a single entry of Make, Model and Serial numbers in list form as opposed to consumers searching multitudes of individual recalls for each category of individual appliances.”
Don’t wait until your home is destroyed by fire to learn of a recalled appliance. Take advantage of this new service to determine whether any of the appliances in your home or those you plan to purchase are included in a recall notice.
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Mr. Zambri is a board-certified civil trial attorney by the National Board of Trial Advocates and a Past-President of the Trial Lawyers Association of Metropolitan Washington, D.C. He has been rated by Washingtonian magazine as a “Big Gun” and among the “top 1%” of all lawyers in the Washington metropolitan area. The magazine also describes him as “one of Washington’s best–most honest and effective lawyers” who specializes in personal injury matters, including automobile accident claims, premises liability, product liability, medical malpractice, and work-accident claims. He has successfully litigated multiple cases against truck and bus companies, the Washington Metropolitan Area transit Authority, and other automobile owners. His law firm, in fact, has obtained the largest settlement ever in a personal injury case involving WMATA. Mr. Zambri has been named one of the “Best Lawyers in America” by Best Lawyers (2011 edition), as well as a “Super Lawyer” by Super Lawyer magazine (March/April 2010)–national publications that honor the top lawyers in America.
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