Boy, I bet this is going to become a busy thread!
This recall is nothing out of the ordinary. It happens in all fields, from tools, to automobiles, to coffee machines, to aircraft.
I fly heavy helicopters for a living. Just in the last year, there have been three different entire fleets of aircraft that have been grounded (recalled if you will) internationally for various post-accident, or other safety issues. The new Boeing 787 is a classic example. No one hurt and no crashes, but due to a faulty battery system, the multi-billion dollar fleet was grounded for nearly a year waiting on a resolution to the problem. The Eurocopter EC225 Super Puma was grounded for almost two years, and only released last week due to a potential transmission problem. These types of recalls only get released back to the public once all safety features have been resolved and corrected. That's a GOOD thing!
It is clearly painful to not have access to the products that you are forced to send back in, or take to your dealer, or to stop using in the interest of safety...but in the long run, the products end up much safer, or more useful.
I wanted to buy the TS55 REQ, and was ready to pull the trigger as soon as I got back to the USA. I was disappointed by the fact that it suddenly wasn't going to be available, but having been in an industry where this kind of thing happens on a regular basis, I know that sooner or later, the issue will be resolved, and I'll be able to order a TS55 REQ Ver2 that will be safe, productive, and just one more tool to add to the growing Green collection that I am building... despite the looks I get from the LOML!
Patiently waiting, and hoping the updated version will be available on my next return from overseas after Thanksgiving.