Consumers may remember back in 2014 when allegations surfaced that Best Buy was selling recalled products; charges for knowingly selling 16 recalled items between 2010 and 2015 ended up being leveled against the company by the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
Selling these products stood directly in the face of federal law, which prohibits the sale, offer for sale, or distribution of recalled products. However, it seems that the company will finally settle accounts. The CPSC announced yesterday Best Buy’s intention to settle the charges by paying a $3.8 million civil penalty.
According to the release, Best Buy was charged with selling around 600 recalled items between September 2010 and October 2015 – including over 400 Canon cameras. The CPSC has provided a full list of the items sold, with recall links, which can be found below:
- Toshiba Satellite Notebook Computers, recalled on September 2, 2010;
- iSi North America Twist ‘n Sparkle Beverage Carbonation Systems, recalled on July 5, 2012;
- LG Electronics Gas Dryers, recalled on August 21, 2012;
- GE Dishwashers, recalled on August 9, 2012;
- Canon EOS Rebel T4i Digital Cameras, recalled on August 14, 2012;
- GE Profile Front Load Washers, recalled on October 3, 2012;
- Sauder Woodworking Gruga Office Chairs, recalled on November 7, 2012;
- LG Electronics Electric Ranges, recalled on November 8, 2012;
- LG Electronics Top-Loading Washing Machines, recalled on December 18, 2012;
- Samsonite Dual-Wattage Travel Converters, recalled on February 12, 2013;
- Definitive Technology SuperCube 2000 Subwoofers, recalled on March 28, 2013;
- Gree Dehumidifiers, recalled on September 12, 2013;
- Frigidaire Professional Blenders, recalled on September 19, 2013;
- Schneider Electric APC Surge Arrest Surge Protectors, recalled on October 3, 2013;
- Coby 32-inch Flat Screen Televisions, recalled on December 12, 2013; and
- Whirlpool Jenn-Air Wall Ovens, recalled on July 29, 2015.
In addition to paying $3.8 for selling the items, Best Buy has stated that it will establish and maintain programs that will ensure compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA) and adherence to the appropriate disposal of recalled products. The programs will be monitored internally by the company.
“We regret that any products within the scope of a recall were not removed entirely from our shelves and online channels. While the number of items accidentally sold was small, even one was too many. We have taken steps, in cooperation with the CPSC, to help prevent these issues from recurring,” said a company spokesperson in a statement.