Interesting Solution for a Recall

Workbench magazine has a small corner section on Tool Recalls, i.e. tools being recalled by the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The latest (December 2006) contains one that falls under the "amusing" and creative solutions category: "The Porter-Cable nailer (model BN200V12) can fire while the switch is in the off position. [OK, that sounds like a problem]. Owners of this model can contact Porter-Cable to receive free caution labels for the tool and an insert for the instruction manual that describes the hazard"
Boy, I feel better already, thank goodness there will be another caution label to go along with all the other caution labels on the tool and another caution disclaimer to add to what I would bet is about 15 to 20% of the manual's content (if it's like most other manuals -- 5 pages of cautions and hazards, 15 pages of instructions. And that's being optimistic).
GM, Ford and the other auto manufacturers apparently missed something. Instead of fixing problems, they could have just sent the owners caution labels and manual inserts.
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That's 3 pages in English, 3 pages in Spanish, 3 in.....
todd
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On Sat, 13 Jan 2007 22:59:06 -0700, Mark & Juanita

Have you ever seen the warning labels on a current bicycle, or the manual that comes with it? <G>
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B A R R Y wrote:

agreeing that it was possible hurt myself on it and waiving their liability if I did so. Made me wonder what the form for guns would be there. Joe
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The real problem is that the warnings that should be on the product, and should be read and considered, get lost in all the useless legalese. I complained once about a Veritas tool not having a warning label for a certain issue and was shown that it was right there on the instruction sheet! I just have "learned" to disregard so much of it as useless I completely missed it. (I now read Veritas instructions in full.) JP
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On Sun, 14 Jan 2007 09:32:19 -0800, Jay Pique wrote:

The problem with putting warnings on the product is that to cover oneself against all possible lawyers one would have to make the product ten times the size just to hold all the warnings. Further, with warning labels all over everything the labels that are important get lost in the noise. Now, you can argue that the "important" warnings should be on the product but then you're setting yourself up for a lawsuit by a lawyer who has a different idea of what is "important". I mean it's really really important that you know that the power cord contains substances which are not believed to be totally benign to laboratory rats, but who cares if you cut your arm off.
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Warning: Life is dangerous. It almost* always results in death. How soon you die is a matter of circumstances beyond XYZ Corp's control, and XYZ Corp. will not accept responsibility for actions you take that either a) reduce your enjoyment of life or b) result in your death. Have a nice day!
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snipped-for-privacy@aol.com wrote:

I'm concerned that your disclaimer gives no advice on my peanut allergy, as to whether your product was assembled in a factory that processes peanuts, sesame seeds, deadly nightshade, or has at any time employed squirrels. My lawyers will be contacting your bank shortly.
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