The Consumer Product Safety Commission has filed a lawsuit against Amazon for failing to remove hazardous and defective products from its online retail listings. This comes after months of negotiations, in which federal safety regulators reportedly attempted to persuade the tech giant to abide by CPSC rules.
The sales of both first- and third-party products are subject to CPSC rules, as Amazon’s website handles most elements of its online transactions. The products at issue range from flammable children’s sleepwear to faulty carbon monoxide detectors, according to the legal complaint.
This lawsuit comes amid increased scrutiny and pressure to regulate tech giants including Amazon. Federal Trade Commission chair, with mixed levels of support from both sides of the aisle, is leading anti-trust investigations against Amazon and other Silicon Valley titans — partly in response to Amazon’s uniquely powerful position in online retail.
Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.