Originally Posted By: jpope
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My first question would be; “How do you know you missed it?” Did the client call you and tell you that you “missed a recalled heater?”
There are several questions that I would ask before I could give you an "educated opinion," but in general, Blaine is correct. Just because an item has been recalled, doesn't necessarily make it your responsibility to point it out OR replace it.
Having said that, quite a bit of my training to become an HI, and some of my continuing education classes, specifically addressed certain recalled items. In particular, the horizontal heating units usually located in attics. I was taught not to look for a specific model, but to look for the problems that led to the recall.
Your post was somewhat vague so this may or may not apply to you specifically, but in my opinion, education is the best defence against raising our liability and avoiding costly mistakes. Our second line of defence is our inspection report and our pre-inspection agreement.
If the property you inspected is still in escrow, you still have breathing room. Can you give any more specifics as to what led to the discovery and where they are in the real estate transaction?
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