Aug 10, 2021

Amazon to pay out over defective third party goods

Amazon has said it will compensate customers who suffer injury or property damage from defective goods sold by independent sellers on its US platform. In July, Amazon was sued by the US Consumer Product Safety Commission in an effort to force it to recall hundreds of thousands of goods. More than half of the goods sold on Amazon now come via third-party vendors, but they are largely unvetted before being sold. For years, consumers have tried to hold the shopping giant to account over faulty products sold by third parties, but the firm has maintained sellers themselves are responsible - a position which has been backed by most courts. In 2019, a Federal court in Philadelphia ruled that a woman blinded by a seller's retractable dog lead could restart her legal case against Amazon.

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