If you've shopped at Meijer stores between April 2010 and April 2011, especially if you bought children's toys there, be aware that the company had to pay a $2 million civil penalty for selling at least 12 different consumer products after they'd already been recalled.
The Consumer Product Safety Commission announced the penalty on Sept. 17, saying that:
Staff charged that Meijer distributed recalled products through a system Meijer operated with a third party contractor. Staff further charged that Meijer received information about products handled by the contractor, but Meijer failed to take action to prevent distribution of recalled products. … approximately 1,700 units of recalled consumer products were resold to consumers.
According to the CPSU, these are the recalled products Meijer sold during that year:
- 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.