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US Regulator Sues Amazon For Sale Of Hazardous Products

US Regulator Sues Amazon For Sale Of Hazardous Products

US Regulator Sues Amazon For Sale Of Hazardous Products

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that it has sued Amazon for the sale of hundreds of thousands of hazardous products on its platform.

CPSC’s lawsuit is aimed at forcing the eCommerce giant to recall the products that pose a serious risk of injury or death to consumers. The products at the center of the lawsuit include 24,000 defective carbon monoxide detectors, nearly 40,000 hair dryers that did not offer the necessary protection against shock and electrocution as well as numerous children’s sleepwear garments that are prone to catching fire.

“We must grapple with how to deal with these massive third-party platforms more efficiently, and how best to protect the American consumers who rely on them,” CPSC Acting Chairman Robert Adler said.

In its lawsuit, CPSC noted that while Amazon has taken some unspecified actions for some of the products, it did not go far enough.

In response, Amazon issued a statement saying it was unclear why CPSC rejected its offer to expand its recall program, including recall of products sold by third parties. In addition, Amazon called CPSC’s actions “duplicative” since the company was being sued for products it has already recalled, Reuters reported.

Amazon further added that it has issued full refunds to its customers for the products in question.

“We must grapple with how to deal with these massive third-party platforms more efficiently, and how best to protect the American consumers who rely on them,” CPSC Acting Chairman Robert Adler said.

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