A recent inspection by the Florida Agriculture and Consumer Services Department found that many recalled defective products remain on stores’ shelves despite the fact that business owners could face fines of hundreds of thousands of dollars. Inspectors visited nearly 100 stores in 31 cities looking for several products which had been recalled and where supposed to be removed from stores.
About 10% of the stores in the random inspection offered for sale items which had been recalled. The range of threats posed by the recalled products ranged from mild to deadly. One of the products is a battery powered ride on vehicles (a children’s car ride) manfactured by Dorel Juvenile which poses a fire and burn hazard to its passengers.
The company (Dorel Juvenile Group ) has received nearly 50 reports of the vehicles overheating, smoking, and melting but says no serious injuries have been reported, according to a Chicago news website.
Others included DesignWare 4 Fairy Wands that could break and cause lacerations and the Stravina Personalized Necklace and Zipper Pulls, which contain enough lead to pose a lead poisoning threat to children.
In these cases, the stores were not fined but given notice of the infractions and instructed to contact the manufacturers of the recalled defective products.