Anonymous corporation brings suit

November 11, 2011 | By | 2 Replies More

We have now moved from the absurd to the surreal. An anonymous corporation has brought suit against the CPSC to keep an incident report in the CPSC database confidential.  Even without suits like this secret suit, the public does not have full access to the CSPC database: SaferProducts.gov.

A report issued by the Government Accountability Office in October found that 5,464 complaints had been filed by consumers through SaferProducts.org as of July 7. Only 1,847 were published to the database; many reports weren’t published because they were deemed incomplete, or involved products or services outside the agency’s jurisdiction.

“Incomplete?” What does THAT mean? I’d sure like to know more about those rejected reports–two out of every three being filed–that are not being made public, and “trust us” doesn’t give me any confidence that they are being rejected for valid reasons. But it all got even more concerning when an anonymous corporation brought its sealed suit attempting to keep a CPSC complaint against it confidential.

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Erich Vieth is an attorney focusing on consumer law litigation and appellate practice. He is also a working musician and a writer, having founded Dangerous Intersection in 2006. Erich lives in the Shaw Neighborhood of St. Louis, Missouri, where he lives half-time with his two extraordinary daughters.

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  1. Niklaus Pfirsig says:

    Over a year ago, I bought a microwave oven from an outlet store. It was a Kenmore branded counter top model. After using it a couple of weeks, it started having problems. the timer would randomly reset, on occasion it would start up unattended, and it would often start when the door was closed.

    Sears refused to do anything about it. In the end, I cut the power cord off the oven and hauled it to the dump. I will never buy from Sears again.

    A little research showed that Sears was aware of the problem. Steam from the hot food was condensing on the controller board, shorting it out. Rather than lose money on an unsafe product, Sears sold the defective units as-is to surplus and overstock outlets.

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