Williams-Sonoma to Pay $700,000 Fine for Failure to Report Shade Defect
Williams-Sonoma will pay a $700,000 civil penalty to settle charges from the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
The Commission charged that the firm knowingly failed to report a defect involving Pottery Barn Kids Roman shades with exposed inner cords, as required by law. By the time the company filed its report, it had already received seven complaints that children had become entangled in the shades.
Williams-Sonoma recalled about 85,000 Roman shades.
Federal law requires manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to report within 24 hours any defects which could create a substantial product hazard, creates an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death, or fails to comply with any consumer product safety requirement enforced by CPSC.
In agreeing to the settlement, Williams-Sonoma neither admits nor denies CPSC staff's charges.