The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission is filing suit against Amazon over three sets of products that are allegedly defective and "pose a risk of serious injury or death to consumers."
The commission's Wednesday announcement cited "24,000 faulty carbon monoxide detectors that fail to alarm," as well as almost 400,000 hair dryers that didn't have the required protection against electrocution and children's sleepwear that risked burns.
The CPSC sought to make Amazon "accept responsibility for recalling potentially hazardous products." Different courts have ruled both that Amazon is and is not liable for products sold on the platform by third-party merchants.
The administrative complaint, which was approved by a 3-1 vote, said Amazon had notified consumers that had purchased some of the products and offered gift cards as refunds, but the CPSC called that "insufficient."
In a statement, Amazon said the CPSC was trying to force actions that were "almost entirely duplicative," according to a Reuters report.