$850,000 civil penalty imposed for not reporting defective blenders

by lmallernee | September 26th, 2012

September 26, 2012

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Haier America Trading LLC, of New York will pay a civil penalty of $850,000 for its defective blenders, reports U.S. Politics Today.

When information is obtained that a product contains a defect that could create a substantial product hazard or risk of serious injury or death, or that it fails to comply with a consumer product safety rule, regulation, standard, or ban enforced by CPSC, federal law requires manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to report that information to CPSC within 24 hours.

The CPSC says Haier America failed to report a defect involving its blenders. This defect resulted in nearly 60 incidents and an injury to a consumer’s hand.

The nut on the blender that holds the blade assembly can dislodge during use, allowing the blade assembly pieces to break apart, and/or crack the blender’s glass jar, posing a laceration hazard to consumers.

Between October 2006 and October 2009, Haier America sold the blenders through U.S. retail stores.  The company became aware of the incidents and injury between January 2007 and September 2009, yet did not file a full report to the Commission until October 2009.

In December 2009, CPSC and Haier America announced a recall of nearly 54,000 blenders.

If you were injured by a defective product under investigation for product liability, the Ohio personal injury lawyers at Nurenberg, Paris, Heller & McCarthy may be able to help.