The U.S. Coast Guard (USCG) investigates safety issues and potential defects and hazards involving boats and other watercraft. You can review the Coast Guard website for alleged and documented defects and hazards for any boat, either made in the U.S. or imported from abroad.
Federal law requires boat and engine manufacturers to use appropriate diligence in keeping lists of original boat purchasers, but boats are often sold to second or third owners. Recording your used boat information with the U.S. National Recall Alert Registry can help make sure that the manufacturer will be in touch with you about any potential recall.
If you have concerns about your boat having a defective part or engine, you can submit a defect report to the U.S. Coast Guard and they will investigate the alleged problem. The USCG also maintains a list of all defects and recalls of watercraft.
Boat and engine manufacturers are required by law to inform owners about safety defects for boats that are less than ten years old and to recall those products. A notice must contain a clear description of the problem and how the manufacturer will solve the problem.
If your boat is recalled, you will receive a defect recall notice via certified mail. The letter will describe the defect, the risk involved in having the defect, and how the manufacturer plans to fix or repair the defect. It is the law that the manufacturer must perform all repairs due to the defect at no cost.
The Coast Guard also offers a toll free hotline at 800-268-5647 for reporting defects.
Questions About a Boat Recall?
If you have questions or concerns about a boat recall and how to protect your rights to a no-cost repair, we offer free consultations and will answer your questions. We work on a contingency fee basis, so that you pay nothing until we win an award for you. To contact J. Lewis & Associates, call 800-228-0507.