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CPSC Reports Settlement With Viking Range

CPSC Reports Settlement With Viking Range

Viking Range Corporation of Greenwood, Mississippi has agreed to pay $450,000 in civil monetary penalties for its failing to report defective refrigerators according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC). The penalty agreement has been reported to be provisionally accepted by the Commission.

This settlement resolves CPSC engineer allegations that Viking Range Corporation had notice for years of a product defect involving its refrigerator door hinge support mechanism that allegedly resulted in several incidents and injuries to consumers. Although the Consumer Product Safety Act requires manufacturers such as Viking Range to report issues within 24 hours, the firm failed to timely report to CPSC as required by federal law. Viking reported the product defect associated with its refrigerators to the Commission in April 2009, and the firm also agreed to a recall in June of 2009. CPSC reports that subsequent investigation conducted by its staff uncovered that by that time the firm was aware of at least ten (10) such reports of injuries involving Viking refrigerator hinge failures over several years.

CPSC, in cooperation and conjunction with Viking Range Corporation, announced a recall of more than 45,000 Viking refrigerator units in June of 2009. The hazard identified with the refrigerators is that refrigerator hinges and hardware that attach the doors to the refrigerator box can loosen, sag and detach, posing an impact injury hazard to consumers if the door detaches.

As noted, the CPSA Federal mandates that manufacturers, distributors and retailers to report to CPSC within 24 hours of obtaining information reasonably supporting the conclusion that a product contains a defect which could create a substantial product hazard, creates an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death, or fails to comply with any consumer product safety rule or any other rule, regulation, standard or ban enforced by CPSC.

In agreeing to the settlement, Viking Range Corporation denied CPSC engineer's allegations as to the existence of a product defect or hazard.

If you or a loved one has been injured by a defective product or a product with defective warnings, contact the professionals at SHOOP | A PROFESSIONAL LAW CORPORATION today to speak with an experienced Los Angeles product liability attorney to obtain the help you needm right away.

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