Product Recalls Australia – 18 April 2018

This week’s product recalls includes the following:

Gardenia Home Garden Décor Pty Ltd – Bio Ethanol Fireplaces – various models

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Porsche Lizenz- und Handelsgesellschaft mbH & Co KG — Porsche Wooden Car Blue/Black

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GM Holden Ltd — SAAB 9-3 and SAAB 9-5 MY 2006-2011

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Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Limited — Toyota Kluger

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Daimler Truck & Bus Australia Pacific Pty Ltd — Freightliner Trucks

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Lovesac — Kidsac

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Polaris Sales Australia Pty Ltd — ACE 500 / 570 / 900 single seat vehicles (MY2017-2018)

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Polaris Sales Australia Pty Ltd — Polaris RZR 570 side by side vehicle (MY2017-2018)

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Polaris Sales Australia Pty Ltd — RZR XP Turbo and RZR XP4 Turbo side by side vehicle (MY2016-2018)

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Polaris Sales Australia Pty Ltd — RZR XP 1000 and RZR XP4 side by side vehicle (MY2014-2018)

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Polaris Sales Australia Pty Ltd — RZR XP 1000 and RZR XP4 side by side vehicle (MY2014-2018)

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Daimler Truck & Bus Australia Pacific Pty Ltd — Mercedes-Benz Actros & Arocs Trucks

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For more product recalls please visit the website: https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recalls/browse-all-recalls

 

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Baby Wipes: not so flushable!

Here are some wipes that clogged pipework and caused an overflow situation. You can see there is no sign of them breaking down. From my article of 25 July 2017.

Back on 25 July last year I posted an article about sewers being blocked as a result of baby wipes being flushed down the toilet.

I would like to think someone of authority reads my blogs and actions results, in any event I read with interest that the maker of White King “flushable” wet wipes, Pental Limited (“Pental”), has been fined $700,000 for making false and misleading claims about the flushable properties of their wipes.

In the report it stated that in addition to marketing the wipes between 2011 and 2016 as “flushable”, Pental’s packaging and promotional materials included statements such as, “Simply wipe over the hard surface of the toilet and just flush away”, and “White King toilet wipes are made from a specially designed material, which will disintegrate in the sewage system when flushed, just like toilet paper”.

In the hearing, the company admitted this was not the case. “The court’s decision shows that businesses face serious consequences if they make false or misleading statements about the nature of their products,” ACCC Commissioner Sarah Court said in a statement on the subject.

Despite public awareness campaigns by water authorities to only flush the “three Ps — pee, poo and paper”, people weren’t getting the message, largely due to the misleading packaging. The result here and subsequent publicity will hopefully help get the 3 P message across.

This is yet another in a run of articles where I have been stressing the need for product recall insurance and also for companies to act honestly or they will face reputation damage and increasingly often statutory fines and penalties.

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Surely company’s know that the truth will come out

Yesterday I was delivering training sessions with one of the topics covered, Product Recall Insurance.

Besides explaining the obvious need for this cover I went through the risk of a company not doing the right thing and quoted the forced recall of vehicles fitted with faulty Takata airbags (refer my post of February 28) and the brand damage it does to those car manufacturers that do not do the right thing and recall their vehicle.

Another topic covered in detail was the role and responsibilities of directors and officers under the Australian Corporations Act as a section of the course on Directors & Officers Liability Insurance.

I covered off on Section 232(2) of Corporations Act 2001 (Commonwealth) which refers to acting ‘bona fide’ in the interests of the company in the performance of the functions attaching to the office of director.  A breach of the obligation to act bona fide in the interests of the company involves a consciousness that what is being done is not in the interests of the company, and deliberate conduct in disregard of that knowledgeMarchesi v Barnes (1990) VR 435.

Short term profit is clearly NOT the sole test for acting in the best interests of the company.

Failure here can again lead to brand damage for the organisation but also the directors themselves. Again, it was stressed that not acting in good faith to all shareholders is not something that can be hushed up and that the truth will ultimately come out. This typically results in a worse outcome than if people acted honestly and did the right thing.

I also pointed out that Section 199B of the same Act states a corporation cannot insure for: willful breach of duty and or improperly using their position to gain an advantage for themselves or anyone else or causing detriment to the corporation. NRMA v Whitlam [2007] NSWCA 81

It was therefore disappointing to see on the news on my return home one of the lead articles was that Thermomix’s Australian distributors had allegedly failed to notify a fault in their product and had continued to sell and ship the product allegedly knowing that it was faulty and or could have caused injuries. How anyone could do this is beyond me.

In the interview of a senior representative of the company suggested that this was a mistake and that they will learn from it and they are sorry for it. I really struggle with this response.

It is similar to the cricket debate of late. To me bowling a bouncer when you meant to bowl a yorker is a mistake. To deliberately and consciously go out to cheat is not a mistake, certainly not a simple mistake.

I also question whether the guilty parties are sorry for their deception or the fact they were caught out.

All I can say to end is two things. Not only when you are a director, an executor of a will or dealing with insurance where you are required by law to act with utmost good faith, it is simply good practice to act honestly and treat others as you would like to be treated yourself.

Secondly, there are many good people out there and this combined with the ease and power of social media, the truth will come out in the end.

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Product Recalls – 11 April 2018

This week’s product recalls includes the following:

Hino Motor Sales Australia Pty Ltd — MY 2013 Hino 300 Series

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FCA Australia Pty Ltd — 2014-2016 (JK) Jeep Wrangler and 2014-2015 (LX) Chrysler 300

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Entyce Food Ingredients Pty Ltd — Creative Gourmet Pomegranate Arils 180g

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Out of the Box Innovation and Design — USB Charging Station

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Inghams Enterprises — Chicken Breast Tenders Sweet Chilli 400g

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Origo & Co Pty Ltd trading as Daiso — Men’s Toiletry Products

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Origo & Co Pty Ltd trading as Daiso — Skin Care Products

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Origo & Co Pty Ltd trading as Daiso — Assorted Sunglasses

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Origo & Co Pty Ltd trading as Daiso — Assorted Makeup Products

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Peugeot Australia — P4008

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Peugeot Australia — P4008

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Funtastic Limited — DC Micro Pozers Series 1 (Superman, Batman, Wonder Woman, The Flash, Supergirl, The Joker, Harley Quinn, Robin, Batgirl)

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Hyundai Motor Company Australia Pty Ltd — Hyundai Santa Fe (DM)

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OZO E-Store Pty Ltd — Baby Stroller

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Overseas Vehicle Sales Pty Ltd — General Motors Chevrolet Silverado and GMC Sierra

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Product Recalls Australia – 4th April 2018

This week’s product recalls includes the following:

Jaguar Land Rover — Range Rover Velar

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Washed Rind Pty Ltd — White Mould Cheeses (Recall Updated)

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Nutrisoy Pty Ltd — Macro Chinese Honey Soy Flavoured Tofu

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Renault Australia — Renault Master III

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Anstel — Nattou Pacifinder

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FCA Australia Pty Ltd — WK Jeep Grand Cherokee Tow Bar Kit

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Product Recalls Australia – 27 March 2018

This week’s product recalls includes:

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Product Recalls Australia – 20 March 2018

This week’s product recalls includes the following:

Daimler Truck & Bus Australia Pacific Pty Ltd — Mercedes-Benz Unimog

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American Special Vehicles — RAM 2500 (DJ) & 3500 (D2) Trucks

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Volkswagen Group Australia Pty Ltd — MY2011 – MY2012 Golf, Passat and CC

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Home Ice Cream Pty Ltd — Coconutters Mango Vanilla

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Mercedes-Benz Vans Australia Pty Ltd — MY15 – MY17 V Class / Vito Van (Extended Recall)

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Harley-Davidson Motor Company Inc — Accessories-Detachable Saddlebag

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Hongkong SunRise Trading Ltd — Victa Brand 80V and 82V Cordless Electric Chainsaws

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American Special Vehicles — RAM 2500 (DJ) & 3500 (D2) Trucks

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Metcash Food & Grocery Pty Ltd — Black & Gold Bleach Regular 2L and Black & Gold Bleach Lemon 2L

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Unique Health Products Pty Ltd — The Whole Foodies Sea Vegetables Mixed Seaweed

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Cherub Baby — Cherub Baby Car Bottle Warmer

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PS Importers — Piaggio Medley 150/150S ABS

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Toyota Motor Corporation Australia Limited — Corolla Sedan, Corolla Hatch and Rukus Motor Vehicles

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Product Recalls Australia – 13 March 2018

This week’s product recalls includes the following:

SRG Leisure Retail Pty Ltd — Rooftop Tent Auto Hardtop XTM (extended recall)

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Woolworths Limited — Macro Natural Sunflower Kernels 500g

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PS Importers — Piaggio Fly 150 3V

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Lenovo (Australia & New Zealand) — Gen5 X1 Carbon Notebooks

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Kmart Australia Ltd — 2 Slice Stainless Steel Toaster

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Healthy Warrior Pty Ltd — Hemp Vegan Protein Powder

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Ford Motor Company of Australia Limited — Ford Courier, Econovan and Ranger

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FCA Australia Pty Ltd — 2017 Jeep Wrangler (JK)

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Tiffany & Co — Wheat Leaf Crystal Glass Mug

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Citroen Australia — Citroen C4 Picasso

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Product Recalls Australia – 6 March 2018

This week’s product recalls includes the following:

Innovations Direct Pty Ltd — Treadmill with Shock Absorption

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DCTCP Pty Ltd t/as Wild and Wolf — Musical Jumbo Wooden Xylophone

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Impulse Variety Products — Magnetic Hematite Rattlesnake Eggs

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Peugeot Automobiles Australia — Peugeot P308 (T9)

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Audi Australia Pty Ltd — Audi Q3 (8U)

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BIG W — B Collection Toddler Girls Bomber Jacket

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Hyundai Motor Company Australia Pty Ltd — Hyundai Sonata (NF) and Grandeur (TG)

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Manassen Foods Australia Pty Ltd — Sharwood’s Plain Puppodums 113g

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Vehicles requiring replacement airbags

Each week, I post a list of the items that have been recalled. Typically, these are a voluntary recall, but if something is dangerous a compulsory recall can be ordered by the Commonwealth or a State Government. Due to the reluctance of some manufacturers to carry out a voluntary recall of airbags that have reportedly killed 23 people worldwide, with one of these in Australia, plus 230 people known to have been injured around the world, many seriously, the Australia government has ordered a recall of some vehicles to have the potentially dangerous airbag replaced.

The government urges everyone effected to take this seriously, check if your vehicle is on the list below and if it is arrange to take it in for the free recall as soon as possible.

I have reviewed some of the injuries and they are horrific and involve people, including infants, of all ages. Therefore please take this one seriously and if you know anyone who drives one of the vehicles listed, please pass this on to them.

 

Here is the list:

CARS

It is critical that drivers with alpha airbags installed take immediate steps to have the airbags replaced because of a significant risk of injury or death involved in using vehicles with these airbags. Drivers with other recalled airbags should arrange for them to be replaced as soon as possible.

Make & model Year Range PRA No.
BMW 3 Series E46  ALPHA 12/2001 – 03/2003 2013/13576
BMW 3 Series E46 9/1999 – 8/2006 2013/13576
BMW 5 Series E39, 3 Series E46, X5 E53 2002-2005 2016/15581
BMW 5 series E39, 3 Series E46, X5 E53 2000-2004 2017/15881
BMW E70 X5, E71 X6 2007-2012 2017/16230
BMW E70 X5, E71 X6 2007-2012 2017/16298
BMW E70 X5 & E71 X6 2013 2018/16566
Chrysler 300(LE/LX) 2005-2012 2016/15516
Chrysler 300, 300C 2005-2010 2015/14742
Chrysler 300, 300C 2013 2018/16617
Dodge RAM 2004-2010 2016/15516
Ferrari 458, California, FF 2008-2011 2016/15430
Ford Mustang 2006-2014 2015/14924
Honda Accord, CR-V  ALPHA 2001-2002 2009/10969
Honda Civic  ALPHA 2001 2010/11785
Honda Accord  ALPHA 2001-2002 2011/12633
Honda Civic, Accord, Accord Euro, CR-V, Jazz, MDX  ALPHA 2001-2003 2013/13549
Honda Jazz  ALPHA 2004 2014/14438
Honda Accord Euro, Civic Hybrid, CR-V, Civic, Jazz 2003-2004 2014/14498
Honda Accord Euro, CR-V, Civic, Jazz, City 2002-2009 2015/14703
Honda Jazz, CR-V 2005-2007 2015/14702
Honda MDX, Accord 2001-2007 2015/14737
Honda City, CR-V, Insight, Jazz, Jazz Hybrid 2006-2012 2015/14819
Honda City, CR-V, Insight, Jazz, Jazz Hybrid 2011-2014 2016/15197
Honda Civic, Legend, Jazz Hybrid 2006-2012 2016/15198
Honda Accord Euro, City, CR-V, Jazz, Insight 2007-2011 2016/15496
Honda Legend, Odyssey, Accord, MDX 2003-2011 2016/15495
Honda Civic, Accord 2006-2011 2016/15494
Honda Accord Euro, City, Jazz & Insight 2012 2017/15856
Honda Legend 2012 2017/15857
Honda Accord 2012 2017/15859
Honda Civic 2001 2017/15860
Honda Jazz, Jazz Hybrid, Insight and Accord Euro 2013 2018/16523
Jeep Wrangler JK 2007-2012 2016/15516
Jeep Wrangler 2013 2018/16617
Lexus SC430 2000-2003 2013/13545
Lexus IS 250, IS 250C, 350, IS F 2005-2011 2016/15425
Lexus IS 250, IS 350, IS 250C, IS-F, LFA 2011-2012 2017/15846
Lexus IS250, IS250C, IS350 & IS-F 2013 2018/16536
Mazda2 (DE) 2010 2016/15522
Mazda2 2007-2015 2016/15521
Mazda RX-8 2008-2012 2016/15521
Mazda6, BT-50 2005-2011 2015/14761
Mazda6, RX-8 ALPHA 2002-2007 2015/14761
Mazda B2500 & B2600 2002-2011 2015/14760
Mazda6, CX-7 & CX-9 2006-2012 2017/16232
Mitsubishi GA & GB i-MiEV 2010-2011 2017/15990
Mitsubishi Lancer 2003-2008 2015/14936
Mitsubishi ML & MN Triton 2007-2014 2016/15523
Mitsubishi Pajero NS, NT, NW, NX 2007-2016 2016/15617
Mitsubishi Pajero NS & NT 2006-2009 2017/15991
Mitsubishi Pajero NT & NW 2010-2012 2017/16025
Mitsubishi Pajero NW & NX 2013-2017 2017/16465
Nissan N16 Pulsar, Y61 Patrol 2001 2010/11761
Nissan N16 Pulsar, Y61 Patrol 2001 2017/15940
Nissan N16 Pulsar, Y61 Patrol, D22 Navara, T30 X-Trail  ALPHA 2000-2004 2013/13542
Nissan N16 Pulsar, D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol, T30 X-Trail, A33 maxima  ALPHA 2001-2003 2014/14182
Nissan N16 Pulsar, D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol, T30 X-Trail, J31 maxima 2003 2015/14751
Nissan N16 Pulsar, D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol, T30 X-Trail, J31 maxima 2004-2007 2015/14752
Nissan D22 Navara, T30 X-Trail, J31 Maxima, Y61 Patrol 2007-2008 2015/14821
Nissan D22 Navara, Y61 Patrol 2009-2012 2016/15769
Nissan D40 Navara 2008-2014 2016/15228
Nissan D40 Navara 2006-2015 2017/16363
Nissan Tiida 2006-2012 2016/15383
Nissan C11 Tiida 2006-2012 2017/16363
Peformax Silverado, Sierra, Mustang 2007-2008 2015/14789
Subaru Impreza 2004-2007 2015/14715
Subaru Tribeca, Liberty, Outback 2004-2013 2016/15507
Subaru Impreza, Forester 2008-2013 2016/15766
Subaru Exiga 2010-2014 2017/16012
Subaru Liberty & Outback 2010-2014 2017/16013
Toyota Corolla, Avensis Verso, Lexus SC430  ALPHA 2000-2004 2013/13544
Toyota Echo, Rav 4  ALPHA 2002-2003 2014/14456
Toyota Echo, Rav 4 2003-2005 2015/14700
Toyota Corolla, Avensis Verso, Yaris 2003-2007 2015/14701
Toyota Avensis Verso, Yaris 2007-2008 2015/14794
Toyota Corolla, Yaris, Avensis Verso 2006-2011 2016/15709
Toyota Corolla 2003-2005 2017/15950
Toyota Corolla, Yaris & Rukus 2010-2012 2017/16010
Toyota Echo, Rav 4 2002-2003 2017/16014

MOTORCYCLES

Make & model Year Range PRA No.
American Honda Motor GL1800 2016/15440
Honda GL1800 Goldwing 2012-2015 2017/15906
Honda GL1800 Goldwing 2012-2015 2018/16522

TRUCKS

Make & model Year Range PRA No.
Volvo UD Trucks Quon & Condor 2011-2016 2017/16021
Volvo FH13, FH16, FM13 & FM11 2012-2017 2018/16581
Hino 300 Series Trucks 2011-2012 2017/16006
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