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#147310 - 07/11/02 08:48 PM Companies Sued for Not Reporting Product Defects and Injuries
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WASHINGTON, D.C.- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that the Department of Justice (DOJ), on behalf of the CPSC, is suing three companies for failing to report serious safety hazards associated with Weed Wizard trimmer heads with metal chain links. A metal link can rapidly and unexpectedly detach during use of the Weed Wizard trimmer attachment. If the link strikes the user or a bystander, it can penetrate skin and bone causing serious injury or even death.

The lawsuit seeks fines against U.S. Home and Garden Inc. (USHG), of San Francisco, Calif.; Easy Gardener Inc. (EGI), of Waco, Texas; and Weed Wizard Acquisition Corp. (WWAC), of San Francisco, Calif., for failing to inform the CPSC that the trimmer heads and replacement chain sets have a substantial product defect and present a substantial risk of injury to the public.

Under the Consumer Product Safety Act, manufacturers, distributors and retailers are required to immediately report to CPSC products that have a defect that could create a substantial risk of injury to the public or that present an unreasonable risk of serious injury or death. "Companies cannot withhold safety information about a defective product, when consumers may be at risk of injury or death. Firms have an obligation and a responsibility to inform CPSC, so that we can protect consumers," said CPSC Acting Chairman Thomas Moore. "The courts have agreed with CPSC that companies must report to us in a timely and complete manner."

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