Retailers TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods sold dangerous products even after the items were recalled, according to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission and their parent, TJX Companies. The products included sleepers linked to infant deaths, speakers that damaged property after exploding and Ivanka Trump-branded scarves that did not meet federal flammability standards.
Nineteen different recalled products were sold by the three retail chains even after their recalls, which took place from 2014 to 2019, said the federal agency and Framingham, Massachusetts-based TJX, which operates TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods. The discount retail chain operates runs roughly 4,500 stores in nine countries, including the U.S., which has 1,271 TJ Maxx, 1,125 Marshalls and 807 HomeGoods stores.
It remains uncertain whether TJX would face fines or sanctions for selling recalled merchandise, said the regulator, which is focusing on getting the recalled products out of consumers hands.
The safety commission “first works to get a recall in place and then goes back to see if any laws were violated,” a spokesperson for the regulator told CBS MoneyWatch in an email, adding that the agency will “look to see if any additional action is necessary.”
TJX apologized and urged customers who purchased any of the recalled products to stop using them and return the items for a refund or repairs.
“We deeply regret that in some instances, recalled products were not properly removed from our sales floors despite the recall processes that we had in place. We are taking appropriate steps to strengthen these processes moving forward,” a spokesperson said in an email.
Infant sleeper risks
The products that remained for sale even after the recall include two infant sleepers and a related accessory. At least 73 infant deaths have been linked to infant-inclined sleep products, several of which have been recalled. The CPSC in late October urged parents against using infant sleep products with inclined seat backs of more than 10 degrees.
Another product sold after its headline-grabbing recall in 2016 involves hoverboards that caught fire or exploded more than 40 times, with 16 reports of injuries or severe property damage. Scarves sold under the Ivanka Trump brand that fell short of federal flammability standards for clothing also continued to be sold despite being recalled in 2016
Other products involved in the warning include portable speakers initially recalled in May after reports of five exploding, causing property damage in four cases. Another involved a rattle recalled in March 2017
after 42 reports of the plastic disc breaking and releasing small beads, including two reports of beads found in children’s mouths and three reports of gagging.