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$4.25M civil penalty to be settled by PetSmart over negligence in handling fishbowl recall

Phoenix-based company PetSmart Inc. has agreed to settle a civil penalty amounting to $4.25 million after the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) accused them of negligence in recalling their fishbowl brand, the cpsc.gov website reported on November 14.

Reports revealed that PetSmart failed in immediately notifying the CPSC that two types of their fishbowls were defective and could cause personal injuries even in “normal use.” The company issued the recall several months after being notified of 12 persons suffering injuries in the 19 incidents of the fishbowls suddenly breaking. Some of the injuries were so serious they required surgery to be treated. An investigation later revealed that PetSmart was negligent in providing the accurate information on how many fishbowls they have distributed and when they have started distributing it nationwide. Part of the settlement, PetSmart is expected to coordinate with federal authorities to further promote product safety.

Consumers are at high risk of suffering serious injuries when companies are negligent in making sure that their products are safe to use. However, if your injury was caused by a defective product in West Palm Beach, the legal team at Schuler, Halvorson, Weisser, Zoeller & Overbeck, P.A. may help you file a claim against the negligent parties. Call us today at (561) 689-8180 to find out how we may possibly help you recover your loss.

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