Once a product recall is announced, retailers are immediately required
to remove the defective item from store shelves and halt all sales. According
to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), Home Depot continued
to sell 28 recalled products.
"Recalls are announced to protect consumers. It is irresponsible and
illegal to keep selling recalled products after a recall is announced,"
CSPC chairman Elliot Kaye said. "I expect Home Depot to take all
appropriate actions to prevent recalled products from being sold to the
public in the future."
According to the
CPSC’s warning to consumers, approximately 2,310 defective items remained on Home Depot store shelves
across the country. The retailer sold more than half to consumers between
2012 and 2015. An additional 1,010 were sent by the company to salvage
firms or recyclers that may have sold them to consumers.
Recalled items include step stools that can break and pose a fall hazard,
faulty outdoor lights that can cause electrical shocks, and space heaters
that can catch fire. Also concerning, the recalled products involve several
models of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide detectors, which can malfunction
and fail to sound the proper alerts. The full list of products can be
found on the CPSC website.
Consumers are advised to stop using the recalled products immediately and
contact the recalling firms to receive the remedies listed in the recall,
which may be a refund, replacement or repair.
According to Home Depot, the retailer reported the problem to the CPSC
after discovering that some of its checkout registers were not programmed to
stop sales of the recalled items. The incident is similar to a 2014 recall involving Best Buy. The electronics
retailer and several other stores sold 10 different products, ranging
from cameras to appliances, after they were recalled due to safety defects.
If you or someone you care about has suffered serious harm due to a dangerous
or defective product sold at Home Depot or any other retailer, don’t
hesitate to contact
a San Diego product liability attorney at the Law Offices of Robert Vaage
for a free consultation.