On September 20, 2012, Haier America Trading LLC, maker of the Haier blender, agreed to pay a $850,000 civil penalty for failing to report its defective blenders to the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC).
CPSC alleged that the blender manufacturer failed to immediately report the blender's defect. The blade assembly pieces broke apart, and/or cracked the blender glass, which posed a laceration hazard to consumers.
The company allegedly became aware of the defect initially in January 2007 and continued to receive consumer reports of the defect until September 2009. There were nearly 60 reported incidents during that time. The company only filed a full report to CPSC in October 2009, more than 2 years after the initial incident was reported. About 54,000 blenders were recalled in December 2009.
The company's failure to report was a blatant violation of Federal law, which requires manufacturers, distributors, and retailers to report to CPSC within 24 hours of receiving information that a product contains a defect creating a hazard, injury or death to the consumers. In agreeing to the settlement, Haier America denies that it violated Federal law.
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