Between August 2011 and January 2014, the company received at least 19 reports of fish bowls cracking, breaking, or shattering during normal use, resulting in serious injuries to consumers in at least 12 cases. The injuries included deep lacerations requiring stitches and severed tendons that required surgery. The company failed to immediately notify CPSC of the defect or risk posed by the fish bowls, as required by federal law.
During CPSC’s investigation, the company failed to identify the correct amount and distribution dates of the fish bowls that posed a laceration hazard to consumers. Consequently, the recall announced in April 2014, involving 10,200 fish bowls sold from February 2013 to September 2013, had to be reannounced and expanded in 2015. The company had failed to identify 81,300 additional fish bowls sold before February 2013 that posed the same hazard, requiring the expansion of the recall in November 2015.
To learn the identity of the company and to read the entire CPSC Press Release please follow this link: $4.25M CPSC Civil Penalty