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Is Amazon Allowing Unsafe Toys To Be Sold?

March 17, 2020
Colson Hicks Eidson

Many millions of Americans purchase products through Amazon. Over the next few months, more and more people in this country may take advantage of online shopping due to the outbreak of Covid-19. However, the nationally recognized product liability law firm Colson Hicks Eidson wants to discuss the news that Amazon may not be ensuring the safety of toys sold on their website. Our attorneys take cases of those in Florida and throughout the United States who have been harmed due to faulty products.

Amazon Keeps Skirting Product Safety Rules

We have previously reported about how Amazon continually escapes liability for faulty products sold through their website. Typically, the retail giant argues that they are only a third-party platform used to arrange purchases between a seller and the buyer. They say that they have nothing to do with whether or not the product is faulty. In the past, Amazon has escaped having to pay settlements for harm caused by defective products sold on its website.

Amazon says that toy sellers on their website must be compliant if they want to continue to sell on the marketplace. However, a CNBC report shows that some toy sellers are not asked to submit safety documents until weeks after they begin selling toys on Amazon. This could lead to consumers being exposed to unsafe products.

According to an email reviewed by CNBC, Amazon recently reached out to a large group of new toy sellers and asked them to submit the “required safety documentation” for toys that were already available for sale on the website. CNBC spoke to some of those toy sellers and they said they were not asked to submit any safety documentation prior to listing the products on their website.

A recent report in the Wall Street Journal found that there were more than 4,000 federally banned or unsafe products for sale on the Amazon marketplace, including some toys with high lead concentrations. Complications arise due to the fact that nearly 60% of all sales on Amazon come from third-party products. The company adds approximately 3,400 new sellers each day.

Amazon says that “All products offered in our stores must comply with applicable laws and regulations, and we regularly contact selling partners to request safety documentation to help ensure the products in our store meet the Consumer Product Safety Commission’s safety standards.”

What happens when Amazon asks for safety verification after products are already being sold? Can they be held liable if any injuries occur to their consumers?

Let Us Get To Work For You Today

If you or somebody you care about has been injured due to an unsafe product sold on Amazon or in any other store, seek legal assistance immediately. At Colson Hicks Eidson, our award-winning law firm has the experience you need to investigate your case and secure any compensation you may be entitled to. This can include:

  • Cost have any medical bills related to the defective product
  • Recovery of income lost if you cannot work
  • Pain and suffering damages
  • Loss of enjoyment of life damages
  • Possible punitive damages against a grossly negligent party

If you need a product liability attorney in Florida or throughout the United States, you can contact us for a free consultation by clicking here or by calling us at 305-476-7400.