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HSN faces product liability charges; failed to report serious injuries

The Home Shopping Network (HSN) ignored allegations of product liability when burn injuries resulted from the sale of pressure cookers on the channel. The cable shopping network, received at least 25 reports of a malfunctioning pressure cooker sold on the channel beginning in 2001. The network, however, failed to report the injuries to the US Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) thus breaking a US Federal law requiring manufacturers, distributors and retailers to report claims of dangerous products. HSN eventually reported the incidents and claims in 2005, four years after the first complaints. The lids on the Welbilt pressure cookers opened prematurely, inflicting burn injuries on at least 37 customers. HSN has been fined $875,000 and has issued a recall of the product.

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