Best Buy Will Pay $3.8 Million Penalty for Selling Loads of Recalled Gear

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Best Buy has agreed to pay $3.8 million for “knowingly [selling] and [distributing] 16 different recalled products from 2010 through 2015,” according to the Consumer Product Safety Commission. The Commission says Best Buy sold recalled products about 600 times.

“CPSC staff charged that Best Buy failed to implement adequate procedures to accurately identify, quarantine, and prevent the sales of the recalled products across all of its supply channels,” CPSC said in a statement. “Staff also charged that Best Buy, in some cases, failed to permanently block product codes due to inaccurate information that signaled that the recalled product was not in inventory. At other times, the blocked codes were reactivated prematurely, and in a few cases, overridden.”

Here are all of the recalled products that Best Buy sold:

  • 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.

Sales of recalled products continued even after Best Buy told CPSC that the firm had put measures into place to reduce the risk of sales of recalled products,” the CPSC statement said.


According to the CPSC, Best Buy’s settlement did not include an admission of guilt, which means the company may be off the hook for any potential lawsuits that may come as a result of selling the recalled gear.

[Consumer Product Safety Commission]

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