TJX to Pay $13 Million Penalty for Selling Recalled Infant Sleepers Linked to at Least 30 Deaths

TJX Companies Inc. has agreed to pay a $13 million civil penalty for selling previously recalled products, including infant sleepers that were linked to at least 30 infant deaths since 2009.

“The agreement settles charges that the firm knowingly sold, offered for sale, and distributed approximately 1,200 recalled products from 21 separate voluntary corrective actions during a five-year period from March 2014 through October 2019,” the United States Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) announced on Aug. 2.

According to the CPSC, most of the post recall sales were products recalled due to the risk of infant suffocation and death including the Kids II Rocking Sleepers, Fisher-Price Rock ‘n Play Sleepers, and Fisher-Price Inclined Sleeper Accessory for Ultra-Lite Day & Night Play Yards.

Over 30 infant deaths occurred in Rock ‘n Play Sleepers, according to the CPSC.

TJX acknowledged in a 2019 statement that it had sold 19 products after they were recalled.

TJX, based in Framingham, Massachusetts, also agreed to maintain a compliance program and a system of internal controls to ensure that recalled products are not on shelves in the future.

The settlement “sends a clear message to industry about the vital importance of compliance with product safety laws” and “the need to implement robust systems to stop the distribution and sale of products once they are recalled,” CPSC Chair Alexander Hoehn-Saric said.

In a statement to NBC News, TJX Companies said, “We deeply regret that in some instances between 2014 and 2019, recalled products were not properly removed from our sales floors despite the recall processes that we had in place.”

“We have made a significant investment in people, processes, and technology to strengthen our processes, and have cooperated fully with the Consumer Product Safety Commission,” TJX Companies further said.

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