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Amazon isn’t recalling dangerous products sold on its website that have been recalled, federal safety agency charges

Hair Dryers RecalledThe U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission filed an administrative complaint Tuesday against Amazon.com, the world’s largest retailer, to force Amazon  to accept responsibility for recalling potentially hazardous products sold on its website.

“Today’s vote to file an administrative complaint against Amazon was a huge step forward for this small agency,” said Acting Chairman Robert Adler. “But it’s a huge step across a vast desert—we must grapple with how to deal with these massive third-party platforms more efficiently, and how best to protect the American consumers who rely on them.”

The complaint charges that specific products are defective and pose a risk of serious injury or death to consumers and that Amazon is legally responsible to recall them.

The products named in the complaint include 24,000 faulty carbon monoxide detectors that don’t alarm, numerous children’s sleepwear garments that violate the flammable fabric safety standard risking burn injuries to children, and nearly 400,000 hair dryers sold without the required immersion protection devices that protect consumers against shock and electrocution.

The commissioners voted three to one to approve the complaint, which seeks to force Amazon, as a distributor of the products, to stop selling these products, to work with CPSC staff on a recall of the products, and to directly notify consumers who purchased them about the recall and offer them a refund.

Although Amazon has taken some action on some of the products named in the complaint, the complaint charges that those actions are insufficient, said Adler. 

The CPSC urges consumers to visit SaferProducts.gov to check for recalls prior to purchasing products and to report any incidents or injuries to the CPSC.

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