A recent report by the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) indicates that an increasing number of companies are failing to report potentially dangerous product defects.
Under federal law, manufacturers are required to alert the CPSC immediately when a product does not meet safety standards or contains a defect that creates an unreasonable hazard of injury to consumers. In 2010, the CPSC fined two companies for failure to report defects in a timely manner as required. In 2011, the CPSC fined 10 companies for similar violations. Although companies argue that it is not always clear when to alert the CPSC, the CPSC encourages manufacturers to err on the side of caution.
Unfortunately, the failure to report defects is not particular to any one type of product. For example, the companies fined in 2011 manufactured defective refrigerators, exercise equipment, office equipment, and clothing, respectively. No matter what the problem, when companies fail to follow the law, consumers could find themselves facing the possibility of serious injury.
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Source: ABC News, “Consumer Product Safety Commission: Companies not reporting product problems,” Ric Romero.