Build-A-Bear Pays Civil Penalty for Failure to Report

In a news release, Build-A-Bear Workshop Inc recently recalled more than 250,000 of its toy beach chairs after a defect in the construction that could injure or sever a child’s fingers was discovered. They have also agreed to pay a penalty in the amount of $600,000 to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for not reporting the defect of the toy in a timely manner. Federal law requires manufacturers and retailers to report defective products to the CPSC within 24 hours of discovery. However, by paying the fine, Build-A-Workshop Inc is not admitting knowingly violating the law.

As a Tacoma personal injury attorney, I’ve seen this sort of children’s product recall several times over the coarse of my practice and the devastating injuries that can result from their use. I urge all consumers to follow the instructions of the CPSC when dealing with a recalled product in order to prevent avoidable injuries. If you or your child has sustained an injury through the use of a poorly designed or otherwise defective product, speak with a personal injury lawyer in your city to discuss the possible legal options available to you.


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