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ABYC and USCG Announce Online Risk Mitigation: Series 3
September 7, 2022 | Story courtesy

The United States Coast Guard (USCG) and American Boat and Yacht Council (ABYC) have announced a date and opened registration for the next free online USCG/ABYC Risk Mitigation Series. The third webinar of the series will be “Defect Notification and Product Recalls” held Nov. 9, 2022 from 2-4 p.m. EDT.

In the past year, the USCG/ABYC Risk Mitigation Series has included such topics as “Regulations and Electrification” and “Put the Fire Out,” both of which attracted over 300 registrants. To continue the success of the series, “Defect Notification and Product Recalls” will focus on what is considered a recall and when a defect notification is required. USCG personnel will present an overview of their compliance program with inspection statistics and common incidents of non-compliance while the ABYC team will outline ways to avoid a recall altogether.

“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,” says Jeff Ludwig, Chief of the Recreational Boating Product Assurance Branch at U.S. Coast Guard. “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,” says Brian Goodwin, ABYC Technical Director. “A strong product compliance program limits a manufacturer’s liability, leads to overall cost savings, and protects the brand.”

For more information about and to register for free for Risk Mitigation: Defect Notification and Product Recalls, please visit

The USCG Risk Mitigation Series hosts interactive and in-depth discussions related to one general topic on a reoccurring basis.

Series 1—Regulations and Electrification is available to view as a recording here

Series 2—Put the Fire Out is available to view as a recording here

Since 1954, the nonprofit American Boat & Yacht Council (ABYC) has developed safety standards for boat design, construction, equipage, repair and maintenance. The essential global source of marine industry technical information, ABYC’s product safety standards, credentialing, education, training, and other tools help members make boating safer.

The mission of the Coast Guard’s Office of Auxiliary and Boating Safety is to minimize the loss of life, personal injury, property damage, and environmental impact associated with the use of recreational boats, through preventive means, in order to maximize safe use and enjoyment of U.S. Waterways by the public

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