What’s the story behind the most common electrical appliance recalls in the U.S.?
With nearly 1.4 million faulty electric appliances out of 1.1 million reported in the first three months of 2017, the number of recalled appliances is more than triple the number that were recalled in the same period in 2016.
That’s according to a new report from Consumer Reports, which found that over 1.2 million of the 1.7 million defective appliances were sold in the past three months alone.
Thats the equivalent of 1 out of every 4 homes in the United States being left with a faulty appliance every day.
The latest report highlights a number of ways that manufacturers are failing to properly dispose of faulty electric appliance parts.
These include poor storage, inadequate manufacturing practices, and inadequate labeling.
And that leads to even more problems when consumers find their faulty appliances are still in the hands of people who may not know the proper procedures to dispose of them.
According to Consumer Reports’ analysis of the U,D.C.-area, more than 80 percent of the recalled appliances are in households with multiple owners.
Consumers who purchased the appliances at the same time may have purchased them in different locations, making it difficult to distinguish which of the faulty items are still being used.
Consumer Reports analyzed data from the U.,D.S.-area to identify which types of appliances were the most frequently recalled in each region.
The report also found that more than one-third of the recalls were for appliances that were “missing critical components.”
According to a Consumer Reports press release, there are more than 1,400 reported recalls per day across the U.-D.E.-area.
Consumer reports identified a number the number in the thousands and the largest number of recalls reported in each market.
This is a huge number, and the company says that it is “discerning” to the fact that there are over 1,000 of these kinds of problems, despite the fact the U-D.W. has the second-largest number of appliances in the country.
In the D.C. area, the average number of recall notifications per day is about 5,000, with the number increasing to nearly 30,000 per day in the Washington area.
Consumers in the D,C.
region say that the large number of new recalls is concerning.
The Consumer Reports investigation also found numerous other problems with how the manufacturers dispose of the appliances.
The National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA) and Consumer Reports have also published a joint report detailing how consumers should protect themselves from faulty electric equipment.
According to the NEMA report, consumers should follow these guidelines: Never leave your electric appliance plugged in in the home.
Never leave it unattended.
Never leave it plugged into a wall outlet.
Never use the same outlet multiple times for different household appliances.
Never plug in a power cord.
Never turn the appliance off while it is on.
Never put the appliance in an unoccupied location.
Always clean the appliance thoroughly with a damp cloth.
If the appliance is a power outlet, ensure that it has a circuit breaker.
If your electric home has been affected by a faulty electric device, contact your electric provider immediately.
Avoid using the same outlets for different appliances.
Use a separate outlet for each appliance.
If your home is connected to the electric grid, check to make sure your power cord has been disconnected and that the outlet is off.
If you can’t access the power cord, turn off the breaker.
If possible, turn the breaker off after it is plugged in.
Always make sure that the appliances are out of the home when not in use.
It is extremely important that appliances are kept out of reach of children.
If the problem persists, contact Consumer Reports immediately at 1-800-638-7275.