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Monday April 17, 2017

Viking Agrees to $4.65 Million Civil Penalty to Settle Reporting Allegations

Viking Range's $4.65 million settlement of CPSC reporting allegations is near the average for fiscal 2017 so far. In four settlements since October 1, CPSC has won $18.5 million, an average of $4.625 million.

 

In this case, CPSC said (bit.ly/2ph829y) that from 2008 to 2014, the company learned of 170 incidents of ranges spontaneously starting with consumers unable to turn them off. There were two burn injuries to consumers who tried to disconnect power sources while surface temperatures were "extreme." The company recalled 52,000 units in 2015 (PSL, 5/25/15).

 

Also named in the settlement is The Middleby Corporation, which acquired Viking at the end of 2012. The agreement also includes the typical duties of maintaining an "enhanced compliance program." The vote to accept the penalty was 4-1 with Acting Chairman Ann Marie Buerkle seeking a lower amount.

 

CPSC Civil Penalty Settlements

Fiscal 2017

Fiscal 2016

Fiscal 2015

Company

Payment

Company

Payment

Company

Payment

 

 

 

 

Baja and One World Tech.

$4,300,000

 

 

 

 

GE

$3,500,000

 

 

 

 

phil&teds 2

$3,500,000

 

 

 

 

Office Depot

$3,400,000

 

 

Gree

$15,450,000

Johnson Health Tech

$3,000,000

Keurig Green Mountain

$5,800,000

Goodman

$5,550,000

Gerber Legendary Blades

$2,600,000

Viking Range/Middleby

$4,650,000

Sunbeam (dba Jarden)

$4,500,000

LG 3

$1,825,000

PetSmart

$4,250,000

Teavana

$3,750,000

Black & Decker

$1,575,000

Best Buy

$3,800,000

PhilipsLighting N. Amer.

$2,000,000

Williams-Sonoma

$700,000

Total

$18,500,000

Total

$31,250,000

Total

$24,400,000

Average

$4,625,000

Average 1

$6,250,000

Average

$2,711,111

1 Without Gree = $3,950,000. 2 Only $200,000 due absent default. 3 Pre-CPSIA maximum