MINNEAPOLIS (WCCO) — Richfield-based Best Buy has agreed to pay a $3.8 million civil penalty for distributing and selling previously recalled consumer products, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced Monday.

According to the CPSC, the agreement settles charges that Best Buy knowingly sold and distributed 16 different recalled products during a period from 2010 through 2015. CPSC accused Best Buy of failing to have a reliable procedure to prevent the sales of recalled products across all of its supply channels.

The CPSC says sales of recalled products continued even after Best Buy told CPSC that it had put measures in place to reduce the risk of sales of recalled products.

The recalled products included:

• Toshiba Satellite Notebook Computers, recalled on September 2, 2010;
• iSi North America Twist ‘n Sparkle Beverage Carbonation Systems, recalled on July 5, 2012;
• LG Electronics Gas Dryers, recalled on August 21, 2012;
• GE Dishwashers, recalled on August 9, 2012;
• Canon EOS Rebel T4i Digital Cameras, recalled on August 14, 2012;
• GE Profile Front Load Washers, recalled on October 3, 2012;
• Sauder Woodworking Gruga Office Chairs, recalled on November 7, 2012;
• LG Electronics Electric Ranges, recalled on November 8, 2012;
• LG Electronics Top-Loading Washing Machines, recalled on December 18, 2012;
• Samsonite Dual-Wattage Travel Converters, recalled on February 12, 2013;
• Definitive Technology SuperCube 2000 Subwoofers, recalled on March 28, 2013;
• Gree Dehumidifiers, recalled on September 12, 2013;
• Frigidaire Professional Blenders, recalled on September 19, 2013;
• Schneider Electric APC Surge Arrest Surge Protectors, recalled on October 3, 2013;
• Coby 32-inch Flat Screen Televisions, recalled on December 12, 2013; and
• Whirlpool Jenn-Air Wall Ovens, recalled on July 29, 2015.

“In addition to paying a $3.8 million civil penalty, Best Buy has agreed to maintain a compliance program that is designed to ensure compliance with the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA), including a program for the appropriate disposal of recalled products,” the CPSC said. “The firm has also agreed to maintain a system of internal controls and procedures.”

The CPSC adds that the settlement does not constitute an admission of CPSC staff’s charges.


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