Michigan-based retailer Meijer Inc. has agreed to pay a $2 million civil penalty to resolve allegations by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) that it knowingly sold recalled products including infant teethers and ceramic heaters. The CPSC had claimed that for a year until April 2011, Meijer had sold roughly 1,700 units of a dozen different recalled products including Sassy Inc.’s Refreshing Rings infant teether rattles, which the agency recalled in January 2011 for ingestion hazards, according to a statement by the agency. The agency said:
Federal law prohibits the sale or distribution in commerce of a consumer product that is subject to voluntary corrective action, such as a recall, that has been publicly announced and taken in consultation with CPSC.
The CPSC claimed that Meijer had distributed the recalled products through a system it ran with a third-party contractor and did not act to stop the distribution of the products at issue despite knowing about the recalls. The recalled products also include the Touch Point Oscillating Ceramic Heaters, which the CPSC recalled in November 2010 for a fire hazard, as well as high chairs manufactured by Graco Children’s Products Inc., which were recalled in March 2010 for a fall hazard.
The CPSC in August announced the recall of 2.2 million beanbag chairs that were made by Ace Bayou Corp. and sold by retailers including Meijer, following the deaths by suffocation of two children. The CPSC said zippers on Ace Bayou’s round and L-shaped beanbag chairs purchased prior to July 2013 pose a safety risk since the chairs are filled with small foam beads and easily opened. A 13-year-old boy from Texas and a 3-year-old girl from Kentucky were found inside their chairs, having died from lack of air and inhalation of the beads, according to the CPSC. The case is before the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
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