The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) has provisionally accepted a settlement agreement with HMI Industries, Inc., a company that made and sold some 44,000 floor cleaners which are allegedly defective “because their wiring can overheat, causing electrical arcing and melting.” The company has agreed to pay a civil penalty of $725,000 over allegations that it failed to immediately inform CPSC when it began receiving reports that the product was failing and causing property damage and consumer injuries. The agreement would also require the company to maintain and enforce controls and procedures to ensure that it complies with its product-safety obligations. Public comments on the agreement must be submitted by July 23, 2014. See Federal Register, July 8, 2014.
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