Last week, I wrote about the move to provide flat panel mounts for the do-it-yourself market. This could increase the “attach rate” for flat panel HDTVs to home walls, and perhaps provide more affordable solutions in this accessory market that up until now has enjoyed relatively high profit margins. But you can count on this segment shift to encounter some growing pains along the way.
Case in point: earlier this month, the US Consumer Product Safety Commission and Circuit City issued a joint, voluntary recall for Verge brand flat panel TV tilting mount brackets. According to the recall notice, if “upward force is applied to a mounted television, the bracket’s lock bar could unfasten. This could cause the television to fall and injure bystanders.” Hmmm… and it’s not likely to do much good to the 100 pound or heavier HDTV, either.
Circuit City has made a free repair kit available that corrects the defect.