WASHINGTON D.C. (WOOD) – Meijer, Inc. has agreed to pay a $2 million civil penalty after it knowingly sold and distributed a dozen recalled products between April 2010 and April 2011, according to a release from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission.
CPSC said the Grand Rapids-based retailer distributed the recalled items to other stores, like second-hand stores, instead of destroying them and didn’t notify anyone that the products were recalled. As a result, about 1,700 recalled items were resold to customers, the CPSC release said.
The following products were among the recalled items:
- Discovery Kids Animated Marine and Safari Lamps imported by Innovage LLC
- SlingRider Baby Slings manufactured by Infantino
- Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaners with Cord Rewind Feature imported by Hoover Inc
- Fisher-Price Trikes and Tough Trikes toddler tricycles manufactured by Fisher-Price
- Little People Wheelies Stand ‘n Play Rampways imported by Fisher Price
- Ocean Wonders Kick & Crawl Aquariums imported by Fisher-Price
- Bathtub Subs imported by Munchkin, Inc.
- Refreshing Rings Infant Teethers/Rattles imported by Sassy
- Touch Point Oscillating Ceramic Heater
- Harmony High Chair manufactured by Graco Children’s Products
- Random Orbit Sander manufactured by Black & Decker
- Box Fans manufactured by Lasko
By paying the $2 million penalty, Meijer is neither admitting nor denying the charges brought against the company.
A company spokesperson released the following statement Wednesday afternoon:
“This fine is for an error that initially occurred more than four years ago. Meijer has long since put processes in place to help ensure this doesn’t happen again.”
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