TJ Maxx fined $13 million for selling recalled baby sleepers


TJ Maxx has agreed to pay a $13 million fine for selling a number of recalled products, including Fisher-Price’s Rock ‘n Play Sleepers, an item linked to at least 30 infant deaths since 2009.

The agreement settles allegations that TJ Maxx knowingly sold, offered and distributed products that were part of 21 separate recalls from March 2014 to October 2019.

While the US government says the Rock ‘n Play Sleepers have been linked to 30 deaths, a congressional report last year found that more than 50 infants died while using the product before it was recalled in 2019.

The report accused Fisher-Price of keeping the sleeper on the market for a decade because it made $200 million in revenue, despite the company’s knowledge of safety concerns and infant mortality related to the product.

TJ Maxx is also accused of selling a Kids II Rocking Sleeper that has since been recalled linked to at least five infant deaths.

In a statement to NBC News, TJX Companies said:

“We deeply regret that in some cases between 2014 and 2019, product recalls were not properly removed from our storefronts despite the recall processes we put in place. We have made significant investments in people, process and technology to strengthen our processes and have fully cooperated with the Consumer Product Safety Commission.”

TJX Companies owns TJ Maxx, Marshalls and HomeGoods, among several other discount retail brands.

The settlement announced Tuesday does not constitute an admission by TJ Maxx that it knowingly violated federal consumer product safety statutes. Nonetheless, the company has agreed to maintain a compliance program and system of internal controls to ensure it complies with the law. TJ Maxx fined $13 million for selling recalled baby sleepers

Fry Electronics Team

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