Why is Amazon being sued by the US?

The CPSC is suing Amazon for reportedly selling hazardous products to its customers and not complying with an order to recall them.

The United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is suing Amazon for reportedly selling hazardous products to its customers. According to the federal safety watchdog, carbon monoxide detectors that fail to alarm the public about the numerous children’s pajamas that could catch on fire, and about the 400,000 hair dryers that could electrocute people if they are dropped in water, are among the products cited in the lawsuit.

The products that are cited are reportedly sold by third parties who use Amazon’s platform, and not directedly by Amazon. Several of the companies cited by the CPSC are supposedly foreign companies and, as a result, the CPSC reportedly has limited ability to force a recall of the products if they are found hazardous. Cracking down on Amazon is reportedly the only way for the CPSC to keep consumers safe from these products.

Furthermore, Robert Adler, who is the acting chairman of the CPSC, stated that the vote to file an administrative complaint against Amazon was a huge step for the small agency. However, Adler also noted that dealing with the third-party platforms would not be easy, but the CPSC would have to come up with a way on how to do so efficiently, and in a way that best protects the American consumers who rely on the agency.

Moreover, what the CPSC expects from Amazon is for the company to stop selling the products, to work with the CPSC staff to recall them, and to directly notify consumers about the recall and offer them a refund. The action is reportedly a sign of an aggressive stance by the CPSC. In the past, the agency has reportedly been accused of pulling back instead of taking the companies it believes sells dangerous products to court.