U.S. Senator Richard Blumenthal is demanding websites Facebook and Craigslist to take action to prevent sale of recalled products.
There is one particular product that has Senator Blumenthal concerned right now, but he says there should be away to either ban or flag recalled products that are being sold on these popular platforms.
The concern right now is about the Fisher-Price Rock and Play. It is supposed to rock a baby to sleep in kind of a reclining sitting position.
The Senator had a pediatrician from Yale with him Wednesday morning who explained babies should sleep flat on their backs only, and this particular device has now been linked to 32 infant deaths. That’s why it was recalled two weeks ago, and yet you can still buy it on the Facebook Marketplace and Craigslist.
“The Fisher-Price Rock and Play sleeper was recalled because it is too dangerous to be sold,” said Sen. Blumenthal. “And yet, it continues to be sold on Facebook.”
Currently, Facebook does not have a direct prohibition that recalled products cannot be sold on Facebook Marketplace. Craigslist specifically prohibits the sale of recalled products, but there is no way for users to specifically flag recalled products.
Facebook tells our sister station in Denver that it uses technology and humans to monitor possible “policy violating” items on Marketplace. Nevertheless, this recalled sleeper is still available on there.
For anybody caught selling one, the penalty is a $100,000 fine for each one sold, so the government takes this very seriously. The Consumer Product Safety Commission says consumers should immediately stop using the product and contact Fisher-Price for a refund or voucher. Selling it is illegal, and thrift stores are not allowed to take them.
Going forward, Senator Blumenthal wants online vendors to have a process in place to flag or screen out any product that have been recalled due to a danger to the public.