Retail giant Home Depot has agreed to pay a nearly $6 million fine for continuing to sell consumer products that were the subject of product safety recalls.
According to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), the retailer knowingly sold and distributed more than 2000 different products covered by 33 separate voluntary corrective recalls issued by manufacturers during the period from August 2012 through November 2016. These recalls included a wide range of products, including clothes washers, dehumidifiers, light fixtures and lamps, lawn care tools and equipment, garage door openers and smoke detectors.
In its settlement with the CPSC, Home Depot agreed to pay $5.7 million, and to maintain a compliance program to prevent the sale and distribution of recalled products.
Under federal law, retailers are prohibited from offering for sale or distribution any product that has been the subject of a product recall or other voluntary corrective action that has been taken in consultation with the CPSC and publicly announced.