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Home Depot Continued to Sell Recalled Products

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.