Not Just China

Not Just China

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Product recalls spanning toys, children's products, food, pet food, and automobiles have increased dramatically in the recent past. Consequently, the safety of imported products has been pushed to the top of the agenda for companies, consumers, and governments. It has often been argued that recalls occur due to differences among national standards, cost pressures and opportunistic behavior by companies. However, analysis of US toy recalls over a 20 year period reveals that the key to decreasing recalls and harm from defective products lies in improving product designs, learning from recalls and swiftly acting on incidents. Together, these point to the inherent dangers in the disaggregation of value chain and the need to effectively manage those dangers.Recalls are not new, particularly in the auto industry, which often recalls more cars in a year than it sells.1 Recalls for unintended ... Nevertheless, the Toyota recalls of 2010 have proven to be highly instructive on many counts. ... Honda had recalled nearly 1.3 million vehicles over the course ofthree recalls; GM had recalled 1.3 million cars; and Nissan and ... of the Toyota uproar remained on the country of origin, just as it had in the case of so many other consumer product recalls.

Title:Not Just China
Author:Hari Bapuji
Publisher:Palgrave Macmillan - 2012-07-26


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