The Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has provisionally approved a settlement with Macy’s, Inc., over claims that the retailer sold children’s outerwear products with drawstrings at the neck from 2006 to 2010 in violation of applicable safety standards. Without admitting liability, Macy’s has apparently agreed to pay a $750,000 civil penalty and provide training to its employees about drawstring prohibitions and rules. CPSC has published notice of the agreement, seeking comments on whether the commission should accept its terms; the deadline for submission is July 29, 2011.
Meanwhile, Viking Range Corp. has agreed to pay a $450,000 civil penalty for failing to report to CPSC that its defective refrigerator door hinge support mechanisms had caused incidents and injuries to consumers from detached and falling doors over the past 10 years. While the company denied the allegations, 45,000 of the purportedly defective refrigerators were recalled. The settlement agreement was provisionally accepted by the commission, which requested comments on its contents by July 13. See CPSC News Release, July 5, 2011; Federal Register, July 14, 2011.