Haier America Pays 850K for Defective Blenders
Haier America Trading LLC has agreed to pay an $850,000 penalty for not immediately reporting a dangerous defect in its blenders, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Loose Blender Blade Creates Laceration Hazard
The blade in the Haier America Blender can become loose, causing the glass to crack and break off, creating a laceration risk. Nearly 60 incidents have been reported and at least one injury to a consumer's hand, according to the CPSC.
Failure to Report
According to the CPSC, Haier America did not report evidence of the defect in its blenders in a timely manner. Federal law requires companies to report to the CPSC within 24 hours of discovering a defect that could create a hazard, or does not meet CPSC standards, rules or regulations. Haier America allegedly found out about the incidents between January 2007 and September 2009, but did not inform the CPSC until October 2009.
- The CPSC and Haier America recalled the 54,000 blenders in December 2009.
- Haier America’s blenders were available in retail stores from October 2006 to October 2009.
- As a provision of the $850,000 civil penalty, Haier America denies allegations of knowing about the incidents and violating any law.
- Federal law requires companies to report defects to the CPSC within 24 hours.
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