FCC Addresses Non-Compliance with Labeling Requirements

A California electronics retailer has agreed to pay a $20,000 civil penalty for selling radio equipment and devices that had not been authorized for sale by the U.S. Federal Communications Commission (FCC).

According to the terms of a Consent Decree adopted by the parties and released in early October, Klein Electronics, Inc. of Escondido, CA admitted that it violated FCC regulations by offering for sale Bluetooth-enabled radiofrequency (RF) devices that were not marketed with a compliance information statement or labeled with an FCC Identifier or marketing, both of which are required under FCC regulations. Although the company stated that the devices in question had been properly tested and authorized, it also admitted that some models did not include the required FCC ID label or user information statement on the device, packaging or user manual.

The investigation into the alleged violation of FCC rules was prompted by a complaint received in early 2019 by the FCC’s Spectrum Enforcement Division.

Under the Consent Decree, Klein Electronics has agreed to designate a senior corporate manager with the responsibility of overseeing future compliance. The company will also implement a compliance plan, including a compliance manual and a compliance training program, to ensure future compliance with the Commissions Rules.

Read the text of the FCC’s Order and Consent Decree in connection with Klein Electronics.

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