The recreational boat owners association, BoatU.S., has stepped in to fill this important gap with its National Recall Alert Registry, a free service for all boat owners that connects owners and manufacturers with U.S. Coast Guard recall actions. "The system often fails because second or third owners arent notified of recalls," says Caroline Ajootian, BoatU.S. consumer protection bureau director. "It also fails when new boat owners dont return warranty cards. In both cases, manufacturers have no way to notify owners about structural, mechanical or safety-related defects and their efforts to correct them. Oftentimes boat owners--unaware of manufacturers recall actions--end up paying for a fix the manufacturer would have corrected in the first place," said Ajootian.