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Connected Complexity: IoT Enabled Products Deliver Risks as Well as Benefits

In 2016 there were approximately 17.68 billion connected devices globally and predictions suggest that this could grow fourfold by 2025, but these devices also come with potentially serious drawbacks. Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS looks at this trend in its recently released Recall Industry Spotlight. The biannual report, which examines trends in specific industries, found that as more connected and Internet of Things-enabled devices are integrated into our lives, security and safety concerns become more urgent.

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Insult to Injury: 2016 finishes on a positive note in auto space despite setting recall record

Stericycle ExpertSOLUTIONS recently released the figures from its final Recall Index of 2016, which showed auto recalls and notifications in Europe dropped 7% over the previous quarter. Despite this decline, Q4 2016 figures were still higher than any quarter from 2013 to 2015 and further added to what was already a record year for auto recalls. The total number of automotive recall events in 2016 was 415, a jump of 76% over auto recalls in 2015, and the highest number ever recorded since the RAPEX rapid alert system began.

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Counterfeiting in the Information Age

By Farzad Henareh Tags: consumer product safety,

While fake consumer electronics products usually grab the headlines, the phenomenon affects the entire tech sector as well as many other industries. According to a situation report recently prepared by Europol and OHIM (Office for Harmonisation in the Internal Market), customs statistics clearly indicate that the majority of counterfeits are being sourced from outside the EU.

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Fake Europe: The Insidious Impact of Counterfeit Products

Counterfeit goods, piracy, knock-off. Whatever term we want to use, Intellectual Property violations are growing and with every counterfeit product that reaches the market, the risk of harm, both to people and to businesses grows. A high profile case currently causing concern relates to hoverboards. These self-balancing boards which have been growing in popularity over the last few months are now being widely recalled due to safety issues, often relating to counterfeit parts.

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Hoverboard Safety Fears Lead to Mass Recalls in the UK

Hoverboards were the must have products at the end of 2015. Now, however, many have been subject to recall. Injuries have been reported across Europe and throughout the world as some boards have burst into flames. This has led to the discovery of faulty cut-off switches which can lead to explosions and, at the very least, a lack of compliance with required technical standards.

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