On November 18, 2015, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) put out a warning that Home Depot was selling products that had been recalled from 2012 to 2015. It was found that Home Depot had continued to sell 28 different products that had been recalled. Home Depot discovered the issue itself when it realized that some of its registers were not programmed to prevent sales of the recalled products. Once it was discovered, Home Depot informed the CPSC of the situation. Over 2,300 units were sold, of which approximately 1,300 were sold to consumers themselves. The CPSC has advised consumers to call Home Depot directly or go to their product recall section on their website. The CPSC is quite familiar with companies selling recalled products as a similar situation occurred in the summer of 2014, where Best Buy sold recalled electronic items.
The list of the 28 products and their faults can be found here. Some of the hazards of the recalled products include: risk of fire, risk of electrical fire, risk of falling, risk of serious bodily injury, and many other harms. Consumers are being asked to stop using the recalled products. Currently, the only remedies available for the consumers using these recalled products are either a refund, replacement, or repair. It is important to note that under §216(a)(1) of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act of 2008, it is illegal for anyone to sell a recalled product.
If you or someone you know was injured or seriously harmed in an accident involving a recalled product from Home Depot, or know a retailer that is still selling these recalled items, it is important to understand your right to recover. Contact an attorney at Abraham, Watkins, Nichols, Agosto, Aziz & Stogner by calling 713-396-3964 or toll free at 800-594-4884 for a confidential consultation.