The TJX Companies Inc. has agreed to pay a $13 million civil penalty for selling recalled consumer products, U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission reported Tuesday. It also agreed to maintain a compliance program to ensure that recalled products won’t be sold in the future.
The agreement settles charges that the firm knowingly sold, offered for sale, and distributed about 1,200 recalled products from 21 recalls from March 2014 through October 2019.
Federal law prohibits the sale of recall products that have been announced and taken in consultation with the CPSC.
CPSC staff charged that TJX sold the recalled products through its retail stores including T.J. Maxx, Marshalls, and HomeGoods and online. The majority of the sales were products recalled due to the risk of infant suffocation and death including the Kids II Rocking Sleepers, Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleepers, and Fisher-Price Inclined Sleeper Accessory for Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yards.
On November 26, 2019, the CPSC and TJX issued a press release announcing that TJX had sold, offered for sale, and distributed 19 recalled products. After the press release was announced, TJX reported to staff that it later discovered previous sales of three additional recalled products.
TJX’s settlement isn’t an admission by TJX or a determination by the commission that TJX knowingly violated federal law, the CPSC said in a statement.
The commission voted 4-0-1 to provisionally accept the settlement.