I for one see nothing wrong with this directive.
This appears to be like knob-and-tube, if it is working it’s ok.
Report what you see, nothing more.
It does not say anything about advising the client that there are know recalls and problems with some equipment.
It is talking about the flat across the board “If it is FPE, it must be replaced.”
In this case, it is protecting the seller and client from “assuming” Home Inspectors.
This should be a wake up call for those that are so hot to refer outside contractors when there is no evidence of significant defect.
It says nothing in the State Laws that recall information must be reported by HI’s. This is something HI’s are adding themselves.
No one is asking for a warranty or insurance. It’s OK when there are no adverse conditions visible.
Like the age of appliances (ie. hvac), you don’t know if or when it may fail. Our job is to determine if it is working today. Is there visible signs of deterioration or damage? If not, it’s OK.
There is nothing wrong with reporting the “condition” of the equipment. It gets wrong when you start talking about the need for replacement when it is still working.
This has evolved from HI’s “afraid” that the client is going to blame them when the equipment fails in the near future. Quit being afraid and just be sure that the client understands the scope of the inspection before you begin. We get blamed for stuff, that’s just part of the job. Just document everything. It does not have to be in the report, just handy if you get questioned. Keep your camera running in one hand non-stop. Take reference photos of all major components and equipment.
Increase your inspection prices so you can afford those complaints when they arrive.