Here are Forty-five (45) good reasons why all buyers’ jobs are the most important job in the country.

March 29th, 2011

Buyers represent the front line of protection for their companies and consumers.

How many products are recalled annually by various agencies after they have had a negative impact on the consumer? Here are the March 2011 Recalls and Product Safety News from the Consumer Product Safety Council (CPSC)

1. Kingsman Fireplaces Recalls Gas Fireplaces Due to Laceration Hazard
2. Lasko Recalls Box Fans Due To Fire Hazard
3. CPSC Warns: As Button Battery Use Increases, So Do Battery-Related Injuries and Deaths
4. Gerber Legendary Blades Recalls Combo Axe Due to Laceration Hazard
5. Ocean Technology Systems Recalls Guardian Full-Face Diving Masks Due to Drowning Hazard
6. Second Infant Death Prompts Re-Announcement of Delta Enterprise “Safety Peg” Drop-Side Crib Recall to Repair
7. Scotch Corporation Recalls Instant Power Toilet Bowl Restorer
8. Government Investigation Raises Concerns About Pool and Spa Drain Cover Testing and Entrapment Risks
9. CPSC and HUD Issue Updated Remediation Protocol for Homes with Problem Drywall
10. Maruyama U.S. Recalls Backpack Blowers and Mister Dusters Due to Fire Hazard
11. Kawasaki Motor Recalls Backpack Blowers Due to Fire Hazard
12. Girls’ Jeans for Toddlers Recalled by Parigi Due to Choking Hazard
13. Pogo Sticks Recalled by Bravo Sports Due to Risk of Serious Injury
14. Matilda Jane Recalls Girl’s Chelsa Dress Due to Choking Hazard
15. American Suzuki Motor Corp. Recalls QuadSport ATVs Due to Crash Hazard
16. 8th Grader from Hawaii Wins Grand Prize in CPSC’s Carbon Monoxide Poster Contest
17. CPSC Urges Consumers to Spring Forward with Safety in Mind; Replace Smoke & CO Alarm Batteries This Sunday for Daylight Saving Time
18. CPSC Launches New Consumer Product Safety Information Database Today; database delivered on time, on budget for the public
19. American Suzuki Motor Corp. Recalls KingQuad ATVs Due to Fire Hazard
20. Atico International USA Recalls Holiday Rattle Baby Slippers Due to Choking Hazard; Sold Exclusively at Walgreens
21. Rocky Mountain Bicycles Recalled by Procycle Due to Fall Injury Hazard
22. Kid O Products Recalls Wooden Puzzles Due to Choking Hazard
23. “Camp Nod” Lantern Nightlights Recalled Due to Shock and Fire Hazard; Sold Exclusively at The Land of Nod
24. Wall Mount Fireplaces Recalled by Southern Enterprises Due to Fire and Fall Hazards; Sold Exclusively by Home Shopping Network
25. Children’s Hooded Sweatshirts with Drawstrings Recalled by Sunsations Due to Strangulation Hazard
26. Ms. Bubbles Agrees to Pay $40,000 Civil Penalty for Failing to Report Drawstrings on Children’s Jackets
27. Stanley Security Solutions Announces Recall of Door Locksets; Failure of Latches Could Lead to Entrapment in an Emergency
28. Global Industrial Recalls Workbench Components Due To Electrical Shock Hazard
29. Sunbeam Products Recalls Wine Openers Due to Laceration Hazard; Sold by QVC
30. Fun World Recalls Little Pet Vet and Dr. Littles Halloween Costumes with Toy Stethoscopes Due to Choking Hazard
31. Baja Motorsports Recalls Dirt Bikes Sold Exclusively at Pep Boys Due to Fire and Burn Hazards
32. Sanus Elements Surge Protectors Recalled by Milestone AV Technologies Due to Shock Hazard
33. Sunjoy Industries Recalls Outdoor Wood Burning Fireplaces Sold Exclusively at Lowe’s Stores Due to Fire Hazard
34. Manhattan Group Recalls Parents Wooden Activity Toys Due to Choking Hazard
35. AOSOM Recalls Wooden Playpens Due to Choking and Laceration Hazards
36. IKEA Recalls Coffee/Tea Makers Due to Burn and Laceration Hazards
37. Liebherr Recalls Built-In Refrigerators Due to Injury Hazard; Door Can Detach
38. CPSC Chairman To Honor Consumer Product Safety Leaders
39. Rattles Recalled by Rhino Toys Due to Choking Hazard
40. Burlington Coat Factory Recalls Slow Cookers Due to Fire Hazard
41. Lennox Hearth Products Recalls Natural Gas Log Set Burner Assemblies Due to Risk of Carbon Monoxide Poisoning
42. Dick’s Sporting Goods Recalls Fitness Resistance Tubes Due to Contusion and Laceration Hazards
43. Tommy Bahama Recalls Mini-Tin Candle Travel Sets Due to Burn Hazards
44. FAB/Starpoint Recalls Circo Beaded Door Curtains Due to Risk of Strangulation; Sold Exclusively at Target
45. Baby Jogger LLC Recalls Baby Jogger Jump Seats Due to Fall Hazard

This comes down to buyers asking the right questions of their incumbent and prospective suppliers relative to products and related issues and how suppliers address them, report them and test to make sure they do not happen in the first place. If that is not an indicator of a buyer’s importance in the supply chain, what is?

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