ESF responds to recall report

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The Government’s Working Group on Recalls and Product Safety has released its report on the recall process.

Electrical Safety First chief executive Phil Buckle commented: “We are pleased to see this report finally published and that it incorporates a number of recommendations which we consider essential to improve recall rates, enhance consumer safety and ensure sustainable business.

“With the limited success of recalls and the fact that domestic electrical fires are increasing – most notably illustrated by the Grenfell Tower tragedy – it is essential that the product safety system be developed and improved.”

He added: “But it will need political will to ensure that the report’s recommendations are put into practice and to provide the support required for the effective enforcement of product safety. Given the fact that there have been 109 recalls of electrical products since July 2015, it is clear that product safety is an issue that can no longer be ignored.

“Whilst this is a great start, we now want to see Government drive this forward quickly, with consumer safety at the forefront of their minds.”

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