How Expensive Not To Test? Ask Williams Sonoma
Williams Sonoma, Inc. has agreed to pay a civil penalty just shy of $1 Million for failing to report defective wooden hammock stands. The wooden part of the stand would deteriorate when exposed to outdoor conditions, but the failure was not noticeable until the hammock collapsed. 45 people (fortunate enough to be able to lounge in a hammock) experienced the collapse and 12 of those people required medical attention. It was unclear if any drinks were spilled during any of the hammock collapse incidents.
Williams Sonoma did the right thing by recalling over 30,000 hammock stands in 2008, but (allegedly) violated the Consumer Product Safety Act by failing to immediately report to the Consumer Product Safety Commission information that the product contained a defect that could create hazard, risk of injury or death to consumers.
Williams Sonoma agreed to pay, but neither confirms nor denies allegations brought by the CPSC.
*Cascade TEK apologizes for the legal-eze contained in this post. Just talk to us about accelerated weathering testing – it’s cheaper and we are easier to work with than the CPSC and lawyers.