Product Recalls Australia – 23 May 2018

This week’s product recalls includes the following:

Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific Pty Ltd — MY 2017 Mercedes-Benz AMG “GTR”, “GTC” and “GTS” Passenger Cars

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Coles Supermarkets Australia Pty Ltd — Coles Mini Classics Vanilla Ice Cream

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Suzuki Australia — Suzuki SX4

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Suzuki Australia — Suzuki Kizashi

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Suzuki Auto Co — Suzuki Kizashi

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Suzuki Auto Co — Suzuki SX4

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Volvo Group Australia — UD Trucks – Quon

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Audi Australia Pty Ltd — Audi Q5 (FY)

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SA Health — Al Mina Mediterranean Patisserie – Assorted Products

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Fraser Coast Free Range Pty Ltd — Sunny Queen Farms Organic Free Range Eggs 550g and 590g

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Scandinavian Tobacco Group Australia Pty Ltd — Djarum Bali Hai Cigarettes

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Clark Rubber Franchising Pty Ltd — Be Safe Portable Pool Fence

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Volvo Group Australia — UD Trucks – Quon

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IVECO Trucks Australia — Metro and Delta Buses

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Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific Pty Ltd — MY06 – MY12 Mercedes-Benz GL-Class, ML-Class and SLK-Class Passenger Cars

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Specialized Australia Pty Ltd — Specialized MY18 Fuse Comp Bicycle Stout Cranks

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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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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 Australia – 31 October 2017

This week’s product recalls includes the following:

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Product Recalls Australia – 23 October 2017

This week’s product recalls includes:

Polaris Sales Australia Pty Ltd — Victory Cross Country, Victory Cross Country Tour, Victory Cross Roads, Victory Magnum and Victory Hardball

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Earth and Stone Outdoor Centres — Ethanol Burner

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Peugeot Automobiles Australia — Peugeot P4008 SUV

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Permobil Australia — Corpus Powered Wheelchairs with fixed seat and elevator inner tubes

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Polaris Sales Australia Pty Ltd — Polaris ACE 325 (MY2014-2016)

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

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FCA Australia Pty Ltd — Fiat Ducato F1A

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Tesla Motors Australia Pty Ltd — Tesla Model X (MY2016 and MY2017)

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For more please visit https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recalls

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Product Recalls – 3 October 2017

It is a milestone week this week in the product recall sector with only 1 product!

Honda MPE — Honda CRF450R 2015YM-2016YM

29  September 2017

 

For further information please visit: https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recalls

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Product Recalls Australia – 25 August 2017

Product recalls from this week include:

For more recalls, please visit: https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recalls

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Product Recalls Australia – 14 August 2017

Product safety recalls recently include:

For more recalls please visit: https://www.productsafety.gov.au/recalls

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Another fire in one of the world’s tallest buildings

Images from social media

I posted an article back in March 2015 on a fire in a residential tower block in Dubai.

Back then, as a precursor to the terrible Grenfell Tower fire, the combustible cladding was blamed for the rapid fire spread.

Firefighters have just brought yet another fire at this tower, ironically called, the Torch, under control.  To read one of the many news articles go here.

This building is the 65th tallest in the world.

With the police in the United Kingdom predicting a charge of corporate manslaughter against council representatives and the building managers following the Grenfell Tower fire, I hope that we see an immediate end to not only the combustible cladding but all non-conforming building materials.

In the meantime, there has to be some brand damage for those who have invested in these huge tower blocks when it comes to occupancy and resale. Particularly if there is a need to replace the cladding or any other non conforming building products.

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Product Safety Recalls Australia – 24 July 2017

The latest recalls from Product Safety Australia includes the following:

Honda Australia Pty Ltd — Honda Accord

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Mercedes-Benz Australia/Pacific Pty Ltd — Actros Truck

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Skoda Australia — MY17 Skoda Yeti and Rapid

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Audi Australia Pty Ltd — Audi Q3 (8U)

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Assassin Dirt Bikes — Assassin Scorpion Mini Bike

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