Shopping Channel Agrees to Pay $875,000 Civil Penalty

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Dec. 27 that HSN LP (previously known as Home Shopping Network), of St. Petersburg, Fla., has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $875,000. The civil penalty settles allegations that HSN failed to report in a timely manner, as required by federal law, serious injuries and hazards with the Welbilt Electronic Pressure Cookers.

CPSC alleged that from September 2001 through about October 2004, HSN received at least 25 reports from consumers indicating that the pressure cookers contained a defect that could create a substantial product hazard or that the pressure cookers created an unreasonable risk of serious injury. CPSC alleged that HSN failed to immediately report this information as required by federal law. HSN LP finally reported information to CPSC in February 2005. In June and October 2005, these pressure cookers were the subject of a recall.

Under the Consumer Product Safety Act, manufacturers, distributors, and retailers are required to immediately report to CPSC information about products that could create a substantial risk of injury to the public or that create an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death. In agreeing to settle this matter, HSN denied CPSC’s allegations that it violated the CPSA.

To view the agreement, go to http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml08/08153.pdf. For more information on the recall of the cookers, visit http://www.cpsc.gov/cpscpub/prerel/prhtml05/05579.html.

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