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CPSC - nazis of a different color

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PostPosted: Fri Nov 02, 2012 11:44 am    Post subject: CPSC - nazis of a different color Reply to specific post Reply with quote

On a different thread, there was discussion about govt regulation and a CNN article today highlighted a company discontinuing a metal magnetic ball product because some kids have swallowed them and required surgery. The company did this as a result of a CPSC lawsuit, though they maintain their product is not marketed to kids.

I happened to look at the CPSC website and find that there is a recall on these bifold doors (see link). I have used these products a lot in my homes and, yes, the pivot pins have worn out or broken over time causing the doors to come off the track. Once, I do recall one falling forward a little where I simply put out my hand and stopped it. No big deal. I replace the pin and I chalk that up to "home maintenance" and appreciate that JenWeld makes a product that I can afford instead of one that is made of solid steel, is bulletproof with ball bearing shafts, made to last 1000 years and costs 10 times as much. But somebody must have got bumped on the head and raised a stink. I'm sure prices on these doors will now go up.

Our nanny govt at work.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 3:08 am    Post subject: Re: CPSC - nazis of a different color Reply to specific post Reply with quote

I believe you meant to refer to the Jeld-Wen product. There are better alternatives for windows and doors. Use the Reliabilt from Lowes as it is a better built door and hardware for the same price. Competition makes for better products while government intervention usually makes for more expensive products.
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PostPosted: Sat Nov 03, 2012 5:14 am    Post subject: Re: CPSC - nazis of a different color Reply to specific post Reply with quote

Some excerpts from the recall:
Name of Product: JELD-WEN and Reliabilt Interior Bifold Doors
Hazard: The lower pivot pin can break causing the door to disengage from the overhead track, posing an impact hazard.
Incidents/Injuries: JELD-WEN is aware of twelve incidents of broken pivot pins causing the bifold doors to disengage from the overhead track, including three incidents involving minor injuries.
Remedy: Consumers should stop using the doors and contact JELD-WEN for assistance in identifying and obtaining free replacement hardware and technical assistance.

Help me out here: Why is it so bad that Jeld-Wen is willing to mail you a fifty-cent part so your door doesn't fall on one of your children or grandchildren? I don't get your point. Are you saying you're in favor of unsafe doors?
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