An announcement on July 5th from the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC), discloses that the Viking Range Corp. has entered an agreement to pay the CPSC $450,000 for knowingly selling refrigerators with defective hinges.
KitchAnn Style wrote about the massive recall of 45,000 units in June 2009. Subsequent investigation conducted by CPSC staff uncovered that injuries involving Viking refrigerator hinge failures going went back over several years.
Federal law requires manufacturers, distributors and retailers to report to CPSC within 24 hours after 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.
You can report any dangerous product or a product-related injury, by going online to: http://www.saferproducts.gov, call CPSC’s Hotline at (800) 638-2772