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ABYC/CG Webinar a ‘Must’ for Manufacturers


The Coast Guard and the American Boat & Yacht Council yesterday announced the next free webinar in its USCG/ABYC Risk Mitigation Series. The third installment, “Defect Notification and Product Recalls,” is scheduled for Nov. 9, 2-4 p.m. (ET).

The webinar will focus on classifying a recall and when companies are required to issue a defect notification, as well as how to avoid a recall altogether. Coast Guard representatives will discuss compliance, as well as inspection statistics and common occurrences of non-compliance.

“This is a must for boat and boat-accessory manufacturers because we will identify common issues that require notifying the Coast Guard and discuss how the notification process works,” Jeff Ludwig, chief of the Coast Guard’s Recreational Boating Product Assurance Branch, said in a statement. “Once a problem is identified through either a Coast Guard or manufacturer inspection, you need to know the steps necessary to conduct a recall.”

“We deliberately chose a shorter format for this discussion so we can get into some straight talk about compliance,” ABYC technical director Brian Goodwin said in the statement. “A strong product compliance program limits a manufacturer’s liability, leads to overall cost savings and protects the brand.”

For more information and to register for the free session, visit the webinar registration page.



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