Home Depot to Pay $5.7 Million Penalty for Selling Recalled Products

CPSC said the Atlanta-based company's agreement settles charges that it knowingly sold and distributed approximately 2,816 recalled products from 33 separate voluntary corrective actions from August 2012 through November 2016.

Home Depot U.S.A. Inc. has agreed to pay a $5.7 million civil penalty for selling and distributing previously recalled consumer products, including welding torches, under cabinet power and light strips, stepladders, portable heaters, smoke and CO alarms, and fire extinguishers, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission announced Aug. 30. CPSC said the Atlanta-based company's agreement settles charges that it knowingly sold and distributed approximately 2,816 recalled products from 33 separate voluntary corrective actions from August 2012 through November 2016; it is illegal to sell, offer for sale, or distribute in commerce 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.

The agency posted a list of the recalled products at issue here and described them generally as products intended to address fire hazards, laceration hazards, and electrocution and shock hazards, as well as other uses.

CPSC and Home Depot on Nov. 18, 2015, jointly re-announced the recalls of products that Home Depot sold and distributed after the original recalls had been announced.

In addition to paying the $5.7 million civil penalty, Home Depot will maintain a compliance program to ensure compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Act, including a program for the appropriate disposal of recalled products, and will maintain a system of internal controls and procedures. The company's settlement does not constitute an admission by Home Depot, or a determination by the Commission, that Home Depot knowingly violated the act. The commission voted 4-1 to accept the settlement provisionally; Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle voted to accept a lower penalty.

Product Showcase

  • Safety Shower Test Cart

    The Safety Shower Test Cart speeds up and simplifies emergency shower tests, ensures you stay in compliance with OSHA regulations, and significantly reduces testing costs. With 7 unique features, the cart makes testing easy, effective, and efficient. You can test water clarity, flow, temperature, and spread—all at the same time! Most safety shower testing kits create a mess, take too much time to use, and don't fully help you stay in compliance with OSHA & ANSI standards. Transform the way you test emergency showers with Green Gobbler Safety. Read More

  • SwabTek® Cannabis Test Kit

    The SwabTek® Cannabis Test Kit is a single-use spot test designed for use in screening for cannabis compounds in any sample type or on any surface. The test is capable of identifying the presumed presence of cannabinoids in very small quantities, with a level of detection as little as 6 μg in mass. Learn more about the SwabTek® Cannabis Test Kit and the rest of SwabTek surface drug testing solutions through the webinar titled "Everything You Want To Know About Surface Testing" Read More

  • Magid® D-ROC® GPD412 21G Ultra-Thin Polyurethane Palm Coated Work Gloves

    Magid’s 21G line is more than just a 21-gauge glove, it’s a revolutionary knitting technology paired with an advanced selection of innovative fibers to create the ultimate in lightweight cut protection. The latest offering in our 21G line provides ANSI A4 cut resistance with unparalleled dexterity and extreme comfort that no other 21-gauge glove on the market can offer! Read More

Featured

Webinars