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Statement of Acting Chairman Robert Adler on Kidde Inc. Civil Penalty

January 5, 2021 GMT
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1973 and charged with protecting the American public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call the CPSC hotline at 1-800-638-2772, or visit http://www.saferproducts.gov. Further recall information is available at http://www.cpsc.gov. (PRNewsfoto/U.S. Consumer Product Safety Co)
The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is an independent federal agency created by Congress in 1973 and charged with protecting the American public from unreasonable risks of serious injury or death from more than 15,000 types of consumer products under the agency's jurisdiction. To report a dangerous product or a product-related injury, call the CPSC hotline at 1-800-638-2772, or visit http://www.saferproducts.gov. Further recall information is available at http://www.cpsc.gov. (PRNewsfoto/U.S. Consumer Product Safety Co)

WASHINGTON, Jan. 5, 2021 /PRNewswire/ --Today I offer my congratulations to the hardworking staff of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) for their excellent work with the U.S. Department of Justice in reaching a civil penalty with Walter Kidde Portable Equipment Inc. (Kidde) in the amount of $12 million. In addition to the monetary penalty, Kidde agreed to significant injunctive terms relating to future compliance. This penalty is important not only because of its size, but also because it represents the first such penalty by CPSC after an unfortunate hiatus of several years. I congratulate our CPSC Compliance team—in particular, Mary Murphy, Patricia Vieira, and Greg Reyes—and our DOJ partners for their dogged pursuit of measures to protect consumers in this particular case, and, when circumstances warrant, in future such actions.

Kidde Fire Extinguisher Recall from November 2, 2017: https://cpsc.gov/Recalls/2018/Kidde-Recalls-Fire-Extinguishers-with-Plastic%20Handles-Due-to-Failure-to-Discharge-and-Nozzle-Detachment-One-Death-Reported

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Contact:
- Call CPSC’s Hotline at 800-638-2772 (TTY 301-595-7054).
- Contact a media specialist.

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