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Home Depot to Pay $5.7M for Allegedly Selling Recalled Products

Home Depot to Pay $5.7M for Allegedly Selling Recalled Products

The Home Depot will pay $5.7 million to the U.S. government as a settlement for selling recalled products, The New York Times reports.

From April 2012 to November 2016, the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission says the home improvement big-box retailer sold recalled products, including motion-activated lights, smoke and carbon monoxide alarms, space heaters and other products.

According to the settlement notice with the Office of the Federal Register, Home Depot “sold, offered for sale and distributed in commerce products from 33 separate [recalls]…totaling approximately 2,816 units of recalled products.”

In the notice, the retailer says the products that were available for sale in Home Depot retail stores were identified through an internal review.

As part of the settlement, The New York Times reports that the retailer did not admit guilt in the sale of these products.

In addition to paying the penalty, the retailer “agreed to continue a compliance program designed to make sure recalled products are not sold in its stores,” the article says.

The retailer has 30 days from Aug. 24 to pay the penalty.

About Melanie Moul

Melanie Moul

Melanie is the features editor for Hardware Retailing magazine. She studied professional writing and sociology at York College of Pennsylvania and then worked in central Pennsylvania for several years as a barista and an editor. She returned to the Hoosier State in late 2016 to join the NRHA team. She enjoys cooking and sharing the results with her husband, dog and cat.