Release date: September 17, 2014
Release number: 14-277

Release Details

WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that Meijer, Inc., of Grand Rapids, Mich., has agreed to pay a $2 million civil penalty for distributing recalled consumer products.

The agreement settles charges that the firm knowingly sold and distributed 12 different recalled consumer products. Federal law prohibits the sale or distribution in commerce of a consumer product that is subject to voluntary corrective action, such as a recall, that has been publicly announced and taken in consultation with CPSC.

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. As a result, between April 2010 and April 2011, approximately 1,700 units of recalled consumer products were resold to consumers.

The recalled products include:

 

CPSC and Meijer jointly reannounced the recall of the Touch Point Oscillating Ceramic Heater on July 13, 2011 and reannounced eight of the other recalls on March 6, 2012.

In addition to agreeing to pay a monetary penalty, Meijer has agreed to implement and maintain a reverse logistics compliance program designed to ensure that Meijer does not violate federal law prohibiting the sale or distribution of recalled products in the future.

In agreeing to the settlement, Meijer neither admits nor denies CPSC staff’s charges. Meijer is not aware of any additional reported incidents or injuries associated with the recalled products.

The settlement agreement has been accepted provisionally by the Commission in a 5 to 0 vote.