DOJ Seeks Civil Penalties Against Coffee Maker Distributor for Failure to Report Injuries to CPSC

DOJ Seeks Civil Penalties Against Coffee Maker Distributor for Failure to Report Injuries to CPSC
The federal government has sued Spectrum Brands, Inc., a distributor of Black & Decker-branded coffee pots.  The suit alleges that Spectrum learned in March, 2009, that handles were detaching from coffee pots, causing hot coffee to pour onto consumers.  Spectrum did not report the problem to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission until June, 2012, by which time the company had received approximately 1600 reports of handle failures and more than 60 reports of related burns. [6/19/15]

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