June 28, 2006
Tiffany Pays Penalty for Failure to Recall Rattles
Tiffany & Co. will pay a $262,500 civil penalty to the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) to settle allegations it failed to report a hazard with its infant teether rattles.
CPSC alleged that Tiffany and Company failed to report to the government in a timely manner that the center bar on the Farm Teether Rattle could break, releasing small beads and animal figures, which posed a choking and aspiration hazard to babies. Tiffany recalled about 3,700 of the teether rattles, which sold for $150 each, in February 2005.
Tiffany and Company received at least three reports of defective solder joints in the teethers between November 2003 and February 2004. The company stopped selling the product in March 2004. In one incident, a baby was reported to have mouthed a small animal figure that fell off of the teether rattle.
The firm failed to notify consumers who had purchased the teether and did not report the problem to CPSC until after the commission had opened its own investigation and requested Tiffany to do so.
In agreeing to settle the matter, Tiffany denies it violated the Consumer Product Safety Act by failing to report defects with its Farm Teether Rattles in a timely manner.