The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah on April 10, 1975 · Page 16
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The Daily Herald from Provo, Utah · Page 16

Provo, Utah
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Thursday, April 10, 1975
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INpp in THK HKR.ALI) .Provn. I't.ih. Thursday, April 10. 1975 . No Law On How Long Repair Parts Need Be on Hand ByMKHAfcL.J.CONLON WASHINGTON (UPI) Finding spare parts for appliances or other items that break down fan lie difficult and sometimes very expensive. To take :\ specific case, here's a letter from a reader in Alfred, N Y , who asks: "Is there no law or regulation which requires manufacturers to keep a supply of repair parts for appliances for a certain length of time'.' "I have had a water softener for only six years which has developed a leaky valve. The dealer from whom I purchased it lias informed me that the company has discontinued this particular model, and it is impossible for him to obtain the special type of valve insert required to repair it. "This means I will have to buy an entire new control and valve system, or a complete new water softener. This may be fine for the manufacturer and dealer but certainly not for the customer." To answer your question, there is no law on how long repair parts must be kept on hand. Nor, according to the appliance industry, is there even any standard policy on the subject. The Major Appliance Con- sumer Action Panel, an industry group established several years ago as a court of last resort for coasumer complaints against appliance makers, says the industry average for spare parts being kept appears to be five to 10 years. Of course, if something is still under warranty, that's a different matter. Recent changes in the warranty laws may even make that situation better But once a warranty has expired, it depends on the company One firm we checked with, Maytag, says it will guarantee replacement parts for 25 years after purchase In some eases, it said, it even goes back farther The company has been making washing machines since 1907, although it recently also got into the dishwasher and garbage disposal business But the whole situation points out the obvious need to check out the replacement part situation when you buy the product. The address of the appliance complaint panel mentioned above is 20 North Wacker Dr., Chicago, 111. 60606. In general, it won't take a case unless it figures the consumer has exhausted all the normal complaint channels open to him by the company involved. Here's a complaint from a reader in Grand Junction, Colo.: "One decrease in price could be made by omitting sugar —as Kool Aid does by offering it with sugar or without sugar. At least give the consumer a choice! Most cereals, especially dry cereals all have sugar added." We haven't checked to see if nonsugar Kool Aid is selling any cheaper around these parts, but we get the point. The sugar situation does appear to have eased somewhat; but regardless of the price it does seem it and other things have been added almost by habit to some foods over the years. Here's a whole list of complaints from a reader in Downingtown.Pa,: "Why do I have to pay for the weight of games in the cereal boxes? "Some products regularly put coupons inside the box or whatever. Why not just lower the price rather than forcing housewives to play these dumb games? "I'm breaking my hand trying to open most of the baby food jars' "There are faulty push buttons on spray cans. "Why are products made of nonrustproof material, such as soup ladles, hairclips, etc." Sometimes the best answer to those problems is simply to stop buying the products that offend you. Let us hear from you, too. Write Buyer's Billboard, UPI, 315 National Press Building, Washington, D.C. 20045. BLIND DRIVER SIMPLE PLEASURE of riding a bicycle was denied to the blind - until engineer Bob Porod (right) of Chicago developed the "Cricket, 1 " a small device that emits a high-pitched sound which enables a blind cyclist to follow from behind. The device, sec'n behind the seat of F'orod's bike, has a range of about 200 feet. Ray Cromley Trimmed Budget Is Best Defense WASHINGTON - (NEA) - During his term as Secretary of Defense, I heard Melvin Laird say in private conversation that he could, if permitted to supervise cuts, reduce Defense civilian manpower 10 percent with no loss in capability. I have discussed at length the problem of officer overstrength with senior Pentagon personnel men. Their conclusion is that judicious cuts, properly timed, can serve to strengthen the fighting forces. 1 have made analyses of selected offices and units to determine for myself the effect of eliminating men and women in uniform and out. In every case, which included studies of work done by each individual, I concluded between 15 to 25 percent of the personnel could be dropped, with an increase in efficiency. It is therefore my belief that a 20 percent personnel cut is called for. As a strong believer in national defense, for the above reasons I am convinced we could reduce future Defense Department budgets by $5 billion and emerge with improved national security. There are 3.1 million military men and women and civilians in the Defense Department budget. A selective reduction of 620,000 would save $8 billion a year. Those who could be eliminated without loss include picked officers and enlisted men and civilians, high ranks and low. There should be comparable reductions in the reserves, eliminating the least efficient and phasing out units the Defense Department is unable or unwilling to properly train and equip. Some $5 billion of the above-mentioned $8 billion in cuts should be saved, and future Defense budgets reduced accordingly. But note that a phasing out would not bring all these savings in one year, or even two. The other $3 billion available as a result of these personnel reductions should be diverted to four areas: 1950 million a year for added research and development to assure that we get a dollar's worth for every dollar spent on weapons, and to prevent our being caught short by Russian technical breakthroughs as a result of their very large R and D program $850 million a year for civic action programs which would serve as specialized on-the-job training for military units and be of peacetime assistance to the civilian economy. $800 million a year for upgrading the training and equipment of the smaller reserve - so that it would be ready for action in reality as well as on paper. — $400 million a year for a more intensive high vocational school college and graduate level technical educational program lor enlisted men and civilian employes, and for those reservists and regular army officers not adequately covered now. The regular Army Navy and Air Force are too large for the quick reaction needs of the 1970s and early 1980s, and too small for any major war Forces therefore should be pared to these elements: First A highly-mobile quick reaction force. Second A cadre force, which could be filled in an emergency by reservists and civilians with the necessary skills. Third A training force responsible for bringirrg all recruits and new officers and all reserve units up to the same level of readiness as the Israeli reserves, and for identifying mobilization needs. The reserve torces should be composed of men and women with those urgently required skills most likely to be in short supply in case of a quick mobilization Utah Parks, Recreation Unit Seeking Beach Title SALT IAKR CITY (UPI) The Utah Parks and Recreation Division wants to develop swimming, camping and boating facilities at Sunset Beach on the south shore of the Great Salt Lake. 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