Fisher-Price has a shoddy track record when it comes to reporting defects and “injuries from defects” to the Consumer Products Safety Commission.
When a company first receives a “credible” report that their company’s product has a defect that could “create a substantial risk of injury to the public,” the company has 24 hours to report it to the CPSC or they are in violation of federal law.
Back in 2002, Fisher-Price received a report that a nail-fastener had come loose from the “Little People Animal Sounds Farm.” It did not report this defect to the CPSC within 24 hours. In fact, it did not report the defect March 2003. By that time, Fisher-Price had received 33 reports that the nail-fastener had come loose, including 4 injuries. In one case a child had inhaled the nail fastener, which became lodged in his lung and required emergency surgery.
Fisher-Price was fined $975,000. Now the CPSC is taking a closer look at Fisher-Price’s most recent recall. A spokesperson told the AP that the CPSC was conducting an “an active and open” investigation into Fisher-Price, but declined to provide further details. Did the fine help motivate Fisher-Price into acting more responsibly this time?