Consumer Goods: Safety

Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy written question – answered on 29th January 2018.

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Photo of Lord Porter of Spalding Lord Porter of Spalding Conservative

To ask Her Majesty's Government whether they intend to take steps to introduce a publicly accessible national register of product recalls to help ensure that faulty and dangerous goods are removed from people’s homes; how many product recalls Electrical Safety First has received since 2007; and what assessment they have made of the level of such recalls.

Photo of Lord Henley Lord Henley Parliamentary Under-Secretary (Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy)

The Government is taking action to improve the safety of white goods and the recalls system. Last year, the Government upgraded its central product recalls website on gov.uk to make it easier for consumers to identify which products have been subject to recall or other corrective action. A new Office for Product Safety and Standards was announced on 21st January and it has commissioned a project to further upgrade and improve the recalls website.

I understand that Electrical Safety First have identified 518 electrical products that have been subject to recall or corrective action in the ten years since 2007. Our system of product safety aims to ensure products are safe before they are placed on the market, but it also recognises that sometimes safety issues are identified at a later stage and it is important that where there is a risk to safety, those products are recalled or corrected.

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