Home Depot to Pay $5.7 Million Penalty for Selling and Distributing Recalled Products
Home Depot knowingly sold and distributed approximately 2,816 recalled products
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has announced that Home Depot U.S.A. Inc. has agreed to pay a $5.7 million civil penalty for selling and distributing previously recalled consumer products.
The agreement settles charges that the firm knowingly sold and distributed approximately 2,816 recalled products from 33 separate voluntary corrective actions during a four-year period from August 2012 through November 2016.
Violated Federal Law
Federal law prohibits the sale, offer for sale, or distribution in commerce of a consumer product that is subject to voluntary corrective action, such as a safety recall, that has been publicly announced and taken in consultation with CPSC.
CPSC says that Home Depot's procedures failed to accurately identify, quarantine, and prevent the sale and distribution of the recalled products. Home Depot sold and distributed the recalled products in its stores through traditional register lanes and special services desks, and through sales for salvage from its reverse logistic centers, internet sales, and donation program.
The hazards posed by the recalled products include—but are not limited to—fire hazards, laceration hazards, and electrocution and shock hazards.
For a full list of the affected products, visit CPSC's website.
In addition to paying the $5.7 million civil penalty, CPSC says that Home Depot will also maintain a program to ensure compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA), including a program for the appropriate disposal of recalled products.
Home Depot's settlement of this matter does not constitute an admission by Home Depot, or a determination by CPSC, that Home Depot knowingly violated the CPSA.