Meijer stores in Grand Rapids pay $2 million for selling recalled products

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Court-gavel-and-justice

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich.– Meijer agreed to pay big bucks in civil penalties Wednesday.

According to the Consumer Product Safety Commission, Meijer, Inc. has agreed to pay $2 million to settle charges for knowingly selling and distributing recalled consumer products. Federal law prohibits the sale or distribution of a product that is subject to corrective change. Staff said that Meijer distributed recalled products through a third party contractor.

The CPSC says between April 2010 and April 2011 about 1,700 recalled products were resold to consumers. They include:

  • Discovery Kids Animated Marine and Safari Lamps imported by Innovage LLC
  • SlingRider Baby Slings manufatured by Infantino
  • Hoover WindTunnel T-Series Bagless Upright Vacuum Cleaners with cord rewind imported by Hoover Inc.
  • Fisher-Price Trikes and Tough Trikes toddler tricycles manufactured by Fisher-Price
  • Little People Wheelies Stand ‘n Play Rampways  imported by Fisher-Price
  • Ocean Wonders Kick and Crawl Aquariaums imported by Fisher-Price
  • Bathtub Subs imported by Munchkin Inc.
  • Refreshing Rings Infant Teethers/Rattles imported by Sassy
  • Touch Point Oscillating Ceramic Heater
  • Harmony High Chair manufactured by Graco Children’s Products
  • Random Orbit Sander manufactured by Black and Decker
  • Box Fans manufactured by Lasko

In addition to paying the penalty fees, Meijer has implemented a compliance program since the initial incident to ensure that this mistake does not happen again.

If you purchased any of these products recently, please let us know. We will keep you updated on the story as information comes in. You can see the full news release and other recall information here.

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11 comments

  • Tim rowe

    I bought a Hoover wind tunnel T series vacuum from meijer in Lowell, mi less than 9months ago. Which stopped working last week.
    Thanks Tim.

  • Collin

    I didn’t buy any of those items , but I went to meijer yesterday for groceries. I saw the yogurt was on sale. I looked at it and it had expired in august!!!!!!

  • Greg

    What the takeaway should be here is that Meijer was not selling recalled products accidentally. They were deliberately selling them to people in order to try to get rid of them for a profit, knowing that they were recalled, knowing that they were potentially dangerous, and knowing that people could be injured or die as a result.

    Higher Standards, my sweet aunt’s butt. Meijer is, and always has been the pinnacle of deceit and greed in GR.

    Oh I hear you. You are thinking, “But Greg, they do great things for the area…what about the cancer center?”

    That is part of the deceit. It is called “redirection”, and any decent magician or con man knows how to do it and why it is done. It draws your attention away from what they don’t want you to be looking at. Yes, the cancer center is a wonderful thing. But that doesn’t mean that it was done for wonderful purposes, and it certainly doesn’t mean that Meijer’s other corporate behaviors are therefore excusable.

    What really galls me is that they haven’t stopped doing it. They sell counterfeit products all the time. Their stores are full of them.

    The really sad part of all of this is that people still trust Meijer, and simply don’t believe that when you do that what you are trusting them with is your life. If it was just a matter of trusting them with a shopping experience, that would be one thing. But what this case demonstrates is that you are putting a lot more than that on the line when you walk into a Meijer store.

  • Tracey

    I purchased a box fan just a couple months ago at Meijers……I’m starting to get real fed up with Meijers for several reasons. What happened to all their “original” management that we as customers seen every single time we went there? Turn around for cashiers is unreal, never the same people twice. Then we have to put up with rookies that cannot bag my groceries correctly (i.e. putting cleaning products and soap in with my meats)….Higher prices 10 cents to 20 cents at least once every couple months. Outdated foods, rotten, fruit fly infested fruits and vegetables, same ole, same ole on sale items, unfriendly cashiers, nasty nasty restrooms, etc, etc, etc, etc…..

  • Vickie Long

    I purchased the hoover vac in dec of 2010 and two box fans in early summer of 2010. thank goodness no baby items… what if anything can we do about this…its been more than two years so I do not have receipts.

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