Congress established the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) in 1972 to protect consumers from dangerous household products. The CPSC recently charged Home Depot U.S.A. Inc. with selling and distributing previously recalled consumer products. The Atlanta-based chain agreed to pay a civil penalty of $5.7 million to settle the charges. The settlement does not amount to an admission by Home Depot that it knowingly violated the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA).
Details of the charges maintain that the company failed to identify recalled products and separate the inventory to prevent their distribution. It is against federal law to sell a consumer product that is under recall by a manufacturer. Such voluntary corrective actions are generally undertaken after consulting with the CPSC and making an announcement to the public. From August 2012 to November 2016, Home Depot sold and distributed products through traditional register lanes, special services desks, internet sales, salvage sales from its reverse logistic centers, and their donation program. The unsafe products numbered approximately 2,816 and were involved in 33 separate voluntary recall actions.
The recalled products posed the risk to consumers of fire hazards, electrocution and shock hazards, and laceration hazards, among others. The following is a partial list of the recalled products that were sold by Home Depot:
The full list of recalled products that Home Depot sold and distributed to consumers was announced on November 18, 2015 by the CPSC and Home Depot. As part of the recent settlement, Home Depot will maintain a system of internal controls and procedures and a compliance program. The compliance program will ensure the appropriate disposal of recalled products as well as compliance with the CPSA.
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