$600,000 Fine Proposed for Failure to Timely Notify Product Hazards
The Consumer Product Safety Commission has provisionally accepted a settlement agreement under which a Missouri company has agreed to pay a $600,000 civil penalty to settle charges that it knowingly failed to timely notify the CPSC of certain product hazards. Commission staff alleges that over a seven-year period the company imported and sold to U.S. consumers wooden frame toy beach chairs that are defective because they have sharp edges that can pinch, lacerate or amputate a child’s fingertip if it is caught between the frame as the chair is folded. The company received its first injury complaint in July 2007 but did not report to the CPSC until more than 18 months later.
Any interested person may ask the CPSC not to accept this agreement or otherwise comment on its contents by filing a written request no later than Dec. 30.