According to a recent CPSC study, the number of companies fined for failure to report product defects appears to be growing. In 2010, the CPSC levied fines against two companies for failure to report safety defects. In 2011, the number of companies fined rose to 10. Unfortunately, manufacturers of all kinds seem to be affected. In recent years, the CPSC has fined manufacturers of strollers, refrigerators, exercise equipment, and even hooded sweatshirts.
Under federal law, a company must immediately inform the CPSC when it learns that a product it manufactures does not meet established safety standards or has a defect that presents an unreasonable risk of injury or death to consumers. Too often, companies struggle to know when to alert authorities.
Though a small defect probably does not trigger a manufacturer’s obligation to report to the CPSC, serious defects – such as ones that present a serious risk for amputations or burns – definitely do.
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Source: ABC News, “Consumer Product Safety Commission: Companies not reporting product problems,” Ric Romero.