U.S. sues Amazon to force recall of dangerous products


Government safety regulators are suing Amazon, looking to hold the world's biggest online retailer accountable for ridding its site of unsafe merchandise sold by third parties. The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission voted 3-to-1 to approve the administrative complaint filed against Amazon on Wednesday. It seeks to force the online behemoth to stop selling potentially hazardous items, to work with CPSC staff on recalls and to directly notify and offer refunds to those who purchased them. Amazon, for example, sold more than 24,600 faulty carbon monoxide detectors that failed to activate when the gas was present, and nearly 400,000 hair dryers without mandated devices to protect against shock and electrocution, the CPSC said.