WASHINGTON, D.C.- The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced today that the General Electric Co. (GE), of Fairfield, Conn., has agreed to pay the Government a $1 million civil penalty (PDF copy of the Settlement Agreement). The fine settles allegations that GE knowingly failed to report to CPSC in a timely manner a defect with certain models of dishwashers. Under the Consumer Product Safety Act (CPSA), manufacturers, importers, distributors, and retailers must immediately report information about potentially hazardous products to the Commission.
"This settlement puts companies on notice that they must notify CPSC without delay when they learn of product hazards or consumer injuries," said Commission Chairman Hal Stratton. "We intend to enforce these requirements vigorously and there will be serious consequences for companies that fail to report such information quickly. The Commission will investigate and seek penalties against those who violate federal safety laws."